• Melissa K. Nicholson, LMSW

Adoptees Healing Series on Suicide: AdopteesOn Podcast

Given what we know, the statistics are alarming. Adoptees are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than non-adoptees, according to a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And, last year, suicide was the third leading cause of death in ages 15 to 24 in Kent County, Michigan.

If you know someone who is suicidal

If you have a plan or are seriously thinking about suicide, please reach out for support. There are hotlines to call, like 1800-273-TALK, or contact your local emergency services at 911. They are open 27/7, and are open for anyone. You and/or your loved one deserve help and to live.

Finding someone you can trust, and having a support network work is really important. Make sure this person or persons is someone who is willing to listen without judgment. There a lot of misconceptions around suicide, like people who attempt or die by suicide are “selfish.” This is just not true. People who are suicidal are in an extreme amount of emotional pain, and the only way they feel they can end this pain is by ending their life.

There are many ways to solve the problem, and suicide is not only way. The important thing to remember is suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Talking about wanting to die

  • Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness

  • Talking about having no reason to live anymore

  • Making a plan - this could mean looking for ways online to kill oneself, saving up pills, buying a gun, etc.

  • Isolating oneself from support network (family, friends, etc)

  • Using alcohol and/or drugs more often

  • Extreme change in eating, sleep, mood

  • Great deal of emotional suffering and distress

  • Giving away most prized possessions, saying goodbye to friends/family, making of a will

More Resources

AdopteesOn: For show notes and more resources on suicide. Also a fabulous resource for adoptees to listen and share in each other's adoption stories.

How to Help Someone Thinking of Suicide: Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine educates people about ways they can be of help to someone thinking of suicide. Available in multiple languages.

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