Janine Davis

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Much of the country is in shock after learning about the recent suicide of popular TV personality, dancer and former DJ on The Ellen Degeneres Show Stephen “tWitch” Boss. He was 40 years old when he took his own life this week.

Even though I didn’t know him, I took his sudden death to heart. The statement I kept saying to myself was, “But he seemed so happy.” I’ve learned the experts will tell you, it’s not what it looks like on the outside. It’s what’s happening inside that counts.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers these levels of risk for suicide based on behaviors of the person involved.

Immediate Risk

The following three should prompt you to immediately call or text 988 (988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) or call a mental health professional.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

Serious Risk

Other behaviors may also indicate a serious risk—especially if the behavior is new; has increased; and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • 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
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings