Suicidal Intent

Suicidal Intent Defined:
The tragic results of suicidal intent have taken the lives of someone in every age group, from all races, in both sexes, and in every income bracket—in other words, suicide does not discriminate against its victims. People in danger of acting on suicidal intent are usually under a great deal of Stress (See Stress) stemming from experiences, such as the loss of a spouse or loved one through divorce, separation, or death; failure in school; loss of a job; or suffering a humiliating incident. Individuals on a path towards suicidal intent begin to believe that the stress will never let up and, as a result, suffer from a strong sense of suicidal Depression (See Depression) or Anxiety (See Anxiety Disorder). Eventually, suicidal depression leads sufferers to feel that there is no reason to go on living; without proper intervention, they end up taking their own lives.

Symptoms/Signs of Suicidal Intent:

  • Giving Away Prized Possessions
  • Talk that suggests the person has developed a detailed plan to kill him or herself, such as buying a lethal weapon (a knife, gun, rope, or poison), jumping from a high place, or collecting pills
  • Loss of Interest in Usual Activities
  • Unusual Sleep/Wakefulness Patterns
  • Unexplained Decline in School/Work Performance

BMS Treatment Options for Suicidal Intent:

The Crisis Care Center is open 24/7/365 for immediate mental health crisis or suicide intervention for adults 18 years or older. You may take the person in crisis immediately to the CCC at 121 North Street, Rapid City, or call 911. Counseling Services is an appropriate service for overcoming suicidal thoughts when intentional behaviors aren’t in a state of emergency. Family Outreach is available for children and adolescents exhibiting speech or behaviors of suicidal depression and/or suicidal intent.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment for overcoming suicidal thoughts and preventing suicidal intent.

More Information about Suicide from APA.org


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