updated: 08.22.19 • disclaimer
you need help and you know it,
otherwise you wouldn't be thinking about suicide.
if you do only one thing, read this.
remember this: jumping from the bridge
set up your friends and family with years of therapy and/or sorrow, never to really
understand what you did or why you did it. many times, blaming themselves
for your actions.
is that what you want your
legacy to be? if you are at the end of your rope and
need someone to talk with you, seek help now!
talk with someone who is likely to listen and you listen too.
no matter what, do not jump off the bridge. get help now!
|do you have the warning signs of suicide:
• talking or writing about hopelessness, having no purpose, death, or dying
• increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• acting anxiously, agitated, or recklessly
• withdrawing or feeling isolated
• offloading possessions and/or money
• begin to get your affairs in order
• seeking/researching things used to attempt suicide (weapons, drugs, etc.)
• exhibit dramatic mood swings or sudden personality changes
• lose interest in normal activities
• neglect your appearance
• drastic changes in eating or sleeping habits
• saying goodbye or making unusual or unexpected visits to loved ones
• exhibit self-destructive behavior
• suddenly seem to be calm and happy, after being deeply depressed
what to do if you see a problem:
• do not leave the person alone
• take the person to seek help from a medical or mental health professional
• remove objects and substances that could be used in a suicide attempt
• utilize any of the help services listed below. if it's an emergency, call 911
• call 911 if no other aid is available and/or time is of the essence
• Tampa Bay Cares, call 211 within the bay area, 24/7
• Pinellas Emergency Mental Health 727-791-3131 (24 hours)
• Family Resources Help Line 727-531-4664 (24 hours)
• Crisis Center of Hillsborough County: 813-234-1234
• Hillsborough Crisis Line 813-238-8821,
813-238-8822 or 813-238-8823 (24 hours)
• national suicide hotline, 24 hours, toll free: 800-273-8255
• Pasco Family Resource Help Line,
New Port Richey 848-5555, Central Pasco 228-8686,
Dade City 904-567-1111 (8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. M-F)
• Human Development Center,
West Pasco 848-5322; East Pasco 782-3538 (24 hours)
• Hernando County Mental Health Center 904-796-9496 (24 hours)
• Citrus Marion-Citrus Mental Health Inc. 904-628-5020 (24 hours)
• Manatee Crisis Line 748-8585 (24 hours)
• Sarasota Coastal Recovery Center 364-9355 (24 hours)
• Sarasota Memorial Help Line 921-8888 (24 hours)
• Clearwater Empath Adult Suicide Survivor
Bereavement Group 727-523-3451
• Clearwater Mental Health Resource Center 727-449-8331
• 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
• Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, 800-273-8255
• National Alliance on Mental Illness,
Pinellas County Helpline 727-791-3434
• Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services (PEMHS) suicide/crisis hotline 727-791-3131
• teenagers, call the Covenant House NineLine: 800-999-9999
• text CONNECT to 741741 - free, 24/7, confidential, nationwide,
right on your phone. crisistextline.org/textline
still think you'll jump? read this excerpt from sfgate.com:
Suicide by bridge is gruesome and death is almost certain. People have survived the fall, but not many. You might survive if you hit the water feet first and come in at a slight angle.
The impact is tremendous. The body goes from roughly 75 to 80 mph to nearly zero in a nanosecond. The physics of inertia being what they are, internal organs tend to keep going. The force of impact causes them to tear loose. Autopsy reports typically indicate that the jumpers have lacerated aortas, livers, spleens and hearts. Ribs are often broken, and the impact shoves them into the heart or lungs. Jumpers have broken sternums, clavicles, pelvises and necks. Skull fractures are common.
Which means you die one of two ways, or a combination of both.
One, you hit the water and the impact kills you. Sometimes the jumper is knocked unconscious. Other times, the jumper survives for a time. The person can be seen flailing about in the water, trying to stay afloat, only to succumb to the extensive internal bleeding. Death can take seconds or minutes.
Two, you drown. You hit the water going fast, and your body plunges in deep. Conscious or otherwise, you breathe in water and asphyxiate. You can usually tell which bridge jumpers drowned. Frothy mucus bubbles from the nose.
"Some people seem to think that jumping off the bridge is a light, airy way to end your life, like going to join the angels," said Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes. "I'd like to dispel that myth. When you jump off the bridge, you hit the water hard. It's not a pretty death."
"Multiple blunt-force trauma."
In other words, you die the same way as someone hit by a car.