National Suicide Prevention Month

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The City of Fredericksburg, Virginia will be hosting the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Old Mill Park.Out of the Darkness Walks are held nationwide to help raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Click here to donate or register for the walk online.

Suicide Warning Signs

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself and looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live and talking about feeling trapped or unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others and increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly and sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated and showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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