Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My character tried to commit SUICIDE

When I wrote Not An Angel, my character Kira was very depressed. Her baby died and her husband killed himself because of the babies death. At least this is what Kira thought. (You'll have to read the book to discover the truth) But I've done some research on suicide and thought I'd post a few WARNING SIGNS & ADVICE on SUICIDE for parents or young adults who maybe have come across some one with these signs.

Please don't ignore them. Let your friend or child know you are there for them. Listen to them carefully. Avoid criticism. Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. Be direct and let them know you want to help.

Now here are a 10 changes in their behavior that are sometimes warning signs:

1.) Crying often for no reason.
2.) Lack of Energy
3.) Increase or decrease in appetite.
4.) Nothing seems fun anymore.
5.) Sleeping a lot or not enough.
6.) Loss of interest in things they once enjoyed.
7.) Work or grades suffering.
8.) Giving away possessions.
9.) Tying up loose ends such as planning a funeral, writing an obituary or will.
10.) Risky behavior - Drugs, alcohol, sex, self-harm, and violence.

If you know of someone and can't talk to them, tell a trusted adult who can seek action. Take every threat seriously. Encourage your friend/child to talk. Stay with your friend/child until someone can get there to help them. And don't handle this alone. You are not responsible for the outcome.

I hope this helps someone & remember tomorrow is a new day.
Dawn Chartier
Not An Angel, out now!