Monday Health Minute | Published September 7, 2020

National Suicide Prevention week

  • September 6, 2020 marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Week

  • The first step in preventing suicide is recognizing the warning signs, which often include the following:

    • Reckless behavior, including increased drug/alcohol use

    • Talking about wanting to die/suicide

    • Changes in sleep patterns (too much or too little sleep)

    • Feeling hopeless/no sense of purpose

    • Giving away possession or putting affairs in order

    • Sudden changes in mood, such as increased agitation, anxiety or withdrawal

    • Talking about being a burden to others

  • If you observe one or more of these warning signs, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a recent painful event, it may be time to speak up.

  • For helpful tips on starting the conversation, visit or the Jana Marie Foundation at