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Suicide prevention

988 Suicide and Crisis LifelineIn Mississippi, 14% of calls received in 2022 by the Poison Control Center were regarding a suspected suicide attempt. This is most often due to the ingestion of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, or other products. Raising suicide awareness is an important component of improving public health. There is help available 24/7.
  • If you are thinking about suicide or know someone who is, reach out for help. You are NOT alone.
    • Call or text 988 (988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) or call a mental health professional
    • Text "TALK" to 741741 – to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free 24/7
    • Escort them to a mental health service or an emergency room
  • Do you know some of the warning signs to look for?
    • Thoughts of wanting to die or suicide.
    • Searching for methods to harm oneself or recently obtaining a firearm.
    • Thoughts of hopelessness.
    • Uncontrolled and refractory chronic pain.
    • Talk about being a burden to others.
    • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
    • Increased anxiety or agitation; behaving recklessly.
    • Sleep disturbances.
    • Withdrawn or isolated.
    • Development of extreme mood swings.
  • How to improve the safety of your home and improve suicide prevention.
    • Dispose of unused medication. Visit the medication disposal section for safe ways to dispose of unused medications.
    • Lock up all medications. Know your medications and the quantities you have.
  • Other tips:
    • Know when to seek additional help. Listen and act.
    • Keep poison up and away
    • Keep firearms locked up or remove them from the home.