California State University Monterey Bay is excited to announce our commitment to suicide prevention and early intervention efforts.  Specifically we will be enhancing our education and outreach services to build awareness and reduce the stigma associated with suicide and general help-seeking behaviors. This initiative is funded through counties by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.Special thanks to the California Mental Health Services Act (CalMHSA) for providing funding for these efforts.

For more information contact Gary Rodriguez, Health Promotion & Prevetion Specialist

grodriguez@csumb.edu

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PAIN ISN’T ALWAYS OBVIOUS – But most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. These signs can be seen in their situations, behaviors and verbal cues. Learning the warning signs now, can make all the difference later.

BEHAVIORS:

  • Sudden interest in death or dying
  • Sleeping too much or sleeping too little
  • Eating too much or eating too little
  • Isolating oneself

VERBAL CUES:

  • “I’m going to kill myself.”
  • “You would all be better off without me.”
  • “Pretty soon you won’t have to worry about me.”
  • “I just want out.”

SITUATIONS OR RISK FACTORS:

  • Loss of a major relationship
  • Death of a loved one –especially by suicide
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Depression or other mental disorder(s)
     

For a more comprehensive list of warning signs click here.

For more information:

http://www.suicideispreventable.org/