Experts focus on prevention after high-profile suicides

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Experts are focusing on the ways to spot, and help someone who may be thinking about suicide. This comes after high-profile cases this week, and a recent report showing suicides have spiked in Utah.

Amber Montero is the Lead Crisis Worker for Safe UT. While they know there has been a rise in suicides they also note there are more people reaching out.

While some signs of suicide might be obvious, like talking about death, or giving prized possessions away. Montero said some signs can be more subtle, but it’s also important for others to reach out.

“Looking for changes in mood, and looking for changes in behavior, and then most importantly being willing to ask,” said Montero. “Willing to be direct with someone in a kind caring way.”

Experts note it’s also important never to assume someone doesn’t have depression or other issues based on their looks.

In an age of social media many people can also feel isolated. Montero said many of the younger people that call the crisis line said they tend to feel more alone.

“They’re not getting out and having face to face interaction, and that is concerning,” said Montero. “Because that’s where you really feel a connection with someone is when you get to spend time with them in person.”

One thing that can also make people feel down is the thought of not having family or friends close. Experts said it’s important for those feeling suicidal not to isolate themselves. The help people seek doesn’t have to be from someone close.

“Those aren’t the only people who have to be your support system,” said Montero. “It can be professionals.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide there is help. Safe UT is an app which connects people with services 24/7. People can also call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1 800 273 8255, or The University Neuropsychiatric Institute crisis line at 801 587 3000.

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