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Experts offer suicide prevention tips

Michelle Bauer of Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio and Joe Lynch, whose son committed suicide, appeared on Wendesday's The Xtra. FOX19 photo Michelle Bauer of Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio and Joe Lynch, whose son committed suicide, appeared on Wendesday's The Xtra. FOX19 photo
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University of Cincinnati students are mourning the loss of Brogan Dulle after a weeklong search.

Michelle Bauer from Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio and Joe Lynch who lost his son to suicide joined us on Wednesday's The Xtra to give tips on suicide prevention.

Lynch said that he may never understand why his son Andrew took his life. Andrew was a UC student.

"I am never going to find an answer that makes me say, 'oh I get it,'" Lynch said.

Lynch and his family are a part of the effort to educate those affected by suicide.

"If we can save one life, it's worth the effort," he said.

Bauer and Lynch stressed the importance of community and family at this time. They say it is good to get back into a routine.

While it is easy to get lost in the shuffle, there are hotlines and counseling available to those in need.

Here are some tips and warning signs from Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio: 

Here are some of those to be watchful for:

  • Decline in performance on the job or at school
  • Skipping activities
  • Poor concentration, sleepiness, inattentiveness
  • Unusually disruptive or rebellious behavior
  • Re-occurring death or suicide themes in written, artistic, or creative work
  • Inability to tolerate praise or rewards

Behavioral warning signs:

  • Any suicide attempt, no matter how medically minor
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sudden changes in behavior or attitude
  • Withdrawing from friends and social involvements
  • Self-abusive behaviors
  • Risk taking and careless behavior
  • Increase in drug or alcohol use

Link to depression:

  • Change in sleep and/or appetite patterns
  • Apathy about dress and appearance
  • Listening to sad/violent music or the same song repeatedly
  • Lack of energy
  • Stop planning for the future
  • Running away from home
  • Sudden improvement after a period of depression

Direct and indirect statements:

  • "I wish I were dead."
  • "I am going to kill myself."
  • "I'm going to end it all."
  • "I don't want to live anymore."
  • "No one cares if I live or die."
  • "Does it hurt to die?"
  • "What would you do if I died?"
  • "You'd be better off without me."
  • "They'll be sorry when I am gone."

Visit www.mhankyswoh.org for additional information.

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