The Warning Signs of Suicide & How to Respond with Dr. Celia Spacone


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Ep 58 If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, this episode is for you. Dr. Celia Spacone & Coach Kelly Marie go through The FACT Framework for Suicide Prevention so that you can get the help and support you need. You will also learn:

1. The importance of talking about suicide openly and without stigma in order to get help

2. The warning signs of suicide, which may be different from risk factors

3. How to have a conversation with someone you think may be suicidal, including what to say and what not to say Here's a breakdown of what is covered: [00:00:01] - September is Suicide Awareness Month [00:01:14] - Why Dr Celia Spacone came out of retirement. [00:05:30] - Myth about talking about suicide. [00:20:07] - Using the right words to talk about suicide. [00:23:58] - Keeping your home suicide safer [00:28:09] - How long does it take from decision to act on suicide? [00:29:42] - Remembering the F.A.C.T.S. and warning signs of suicide.

FEELINGS: Is the person sad, lonely, hopeless, in pain, irritable or increasingly depressed?

ACTIONS: Are they pushing away from friends and family, giving away important possessions, abusing drugs or alcohol, or making or researching suicide plans?

CHANGES: Have there been changes in performance, appearance or hygiene, or personality or attitude, or does the person not seem like they normally do?

THREATS: Have they directly said they are going to kill themselves or indirectly talked about dying? Do they say things like, “I wish I could go to sleep and never wake up”; “I don’t want to do this anymore”; or “I’m tired of everything”?

SITUATIONS: Has a crisis or situation occurred recently that was a loss or public embarrassment for them?

Celia Spacone, PhD is a retired executive director of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and coordinator of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County.

Dr. Spacone encourages us to have open conversations about suicide with or without fear. She tells us that it’s ok to use the word “suicide” and that you won’t encourage someone to take their life by having the conversation. Quite the opposite, you are letting the person know you care and are willing and open to have a tough conversation about suicide.

Mental Health Resources

Call 211 or visit for help finding public services in your area

Call 988 the Suicide Prevention Helpline has someone for you to talk to 24/7

Text GO to 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor

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