Hastings adult dies by suicideA Hastings adult died by suicide Sunday evening. The 46-year-old woman was found dead by Hastings police officers and Hastings firefighters.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
A Hastings adult died by suicide Sunday evening.
The 46-year-old woman was found dead by Hastings police officers and Hastings firefighters.
Here is information related to depression and suicide that may prove useful to residents:
Symptoms of serious depression are listed on the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education website. In adolescents, they include:
- Depressive illnesses/anxiety may be disguised as, or presented as, eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual promiscuity, risk-taking behavior such as reckless driving, unprotected sex, carelessness when walking across busy streets, on bridges or cliffs.
- There may be social isolation, running away, constant disobedience, getting into trouble with the law, physical or sexual assaults against others, obnoxious behavior, failure to care about appearance/hygiene, no sense of self or of values/morals, difficulty cultivating relationships, inability to establish/stick with occupational/educational goals.
- Physical symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, neck aches, arms or legs hurt due to muscle tension, digestive disorders. (ruling out other medical causes)
- Persistent unhappiness, negativity, irritability.
- Uncontrollable anger or outbursts of rage.
- Overly self-critical, unwarranted guilt, low self-esteem.
- Inability to concentrate, think straight, remember, or make decisions, possibly resulting in refusal to study in school or an inability (due to depression or attention deficit disorder) to do schoolwork.
- Slowed or hesitant speech or body movements, or restlessness (anxiety).
- Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities.
- Low energy, chronic fatigue, sluggishness.
- Change in appetite, noticeable weight loss or weight gain, or abnormal eating patterns.
- Chronic worry, excessive fear.
- Preoccupation with death themes in literature, music, drawings, speaking of death repeatedly, fascination with guns/knives.
- Suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempts.
- Warning signs of suicide
- SAVE lists these as warning signs of suicide. The risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
- Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
- Preoccupation with death.
- Suddenly happier, calmer.
- Loss of interest in things one cares about.
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
- Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order.
- Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
Several resources are available for anyone having a mental health crisis.
Among them is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Dakota County has a mental health crisis team, too. The county's 24-hour phone line can be reached at 952-891-7171.
The county includes this information on its website:
If a person is an immediate danger to self or others, call 911.
The Dakota County Crisis Response Unit (CRU) provides 24-hour phone and face-to-face crisis intervention and consultation.
CRU staff is able to hospitalize clients needing that level of care or utilize crisis beds available at a contracted residential treatment provider.
Other crisis resources:
Crisis Connection (24-hour hotline for mental health)
National Hope Hotline for Youth Crisis and Suicide
800-S U I C I D E (800-784-2433).