What to do when someone gives intentions of suicide - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

What to do when someone gives intentions of suicide

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman arrested after toddler found beaten, legs tied together

    Woman arrested after toddler found beaten, legs tied together

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:04:34 GMT
    A Gulfport woman was arrested Thursday after officers said they found her kneeling over a 1-year-old that was beaten and bruised. Elise Arlyn Balsley-Bryant, 24, is charged with Felony Child Abuse.
    A Gulfport woman was arrested Thursday after officers said they found her kneeling over a 1-year-old that had been beaten and bruised. Elise Arlyn Balsley-Bryant, 24, is charged with Felony Child Abuse.
  • Worker dies after falling off I-40 bridge

    Worker dies after falling off I-40 bridge

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:56:25 GMT
    (WMC) - Arkansas State Police say it appears a construction or repair worker has fallen off the I-40 bridge near West Memphis. The worker may be alive, and crews are working to get him or her out of the
    Arkansas State Police say a construction or repair worker fell off the Hernando DeSoto bridge on Interstate 40 near West Memphis on Friday.
  • Arkansas man catches 3 bears on game camera

    Arkansas man catches 3 bears on game camera

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:08:20 GMT
    One man getting ready for deer and turkey season in Arkansas stumbled upon something much larger.
    One man getting ready for deer and turkey season in Arkansas stumbled upon something much larger.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Over the weekend, just in Jonesboro alone, police were called to one suicide and one attempted suicide. According to Jonesboro police, both victims showed signs of suicidal thoughts beforehand.

Clinical Supervisor, Joe Branch with Families Incorporated said if someone you know could be suicidal, the best thing to do is to talk to them.

"Have a conversation like you would have with a friend or anyone else," said Branch. "If you're concerned the individual could be suicidal or at risk, you need to ask."

If a family member or friend is still concerned on their well-being, Branch said there are signs you can look for to show that they are suicidal.

"Look for depression, substance abuse, loss of interest, giving items away, change in mood or  behavior activity," said Branch.

All signs of suicide should not be taken lightly, especially if the individual is reaching out to someone.

"If it's a casual statement, text message, facebook post or any of these things that would alert you that a family member or a loved one is at risk for suicide, it should be taken seriously," said Branch.

If ever someone does find themselves in that situation, it's best to act quickly.

"Call the home first to see if a parent is there or another family member," said Branch. "If not, go straight for the 911 route because either one of those options would certainly work."

The trauma of losing someone to suicide can cause emotional distress. Branch suggests seeing a doctor who can help with the coping process.

"They should talk to their primary care physician if they have one or a local councilor, psychologist or psychiatrist and share what they've experienced," said Branch.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.