The purpose of this program is to familiarize viewers with the behavior of suicidal individuals, emphasizing that prevention is possible if the signs of a potential suicide are recognized. The film presents five stories of individuals in the Army who show such signs and eventually take their own lives. In each case portrayed, the person displays a characteristic pattern of change in behavior, providing clues as to a desperate mindset. These clues include the inability to cope with family and work problems, depression, overreaction, lack of appetite, insomnia, and other behaviors. The program seeks to dispel some misguided ideas; for example, that potential suicides have particular types of personalities, or that a person who attempts suicide once won't make a second attempt. The program concludes that the likelihood of self-harm can be reduced if family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances take notice of changes in behavior, reach out to the person in trouble, and perhaps aid them in seeking professional help.
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