Suicide Prevention

on Thursday, 10 December 2020.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a global health concern. In the United States in 2018, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death.

Suicide is a complex public health issue. Treatments and therapies for those contemplating suicide or having suicidal thoughts varies for everyone. Knowing the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide can help with prevention.

Risk factors

The risk factors behind suicide vary between each person. These factors can affect anyone and do not necessarily lead to suicide.

       Family history of mental health issues

       Family or personal history of substance abuse

       A prior attempt

       Personal history of mental illness, abuse or sexual violence

       Medical conditions

Signs and symptoms

       An increase in substance abuse

       Discussion of feelings of depression, hopeless, guilt, isolation or suicide

       Giving away of valued possessions

       Self-harm, changes in eating habits or extreme mood swings

       Saying goodbyes or putting affairs in order

       Making a plan to commit suicide, writing out a note

It’s important to speak up if you notice the signs of suicide. Treatment can include medications, varying psychotherapies, group and behavioral therapy, and interventions.

If you know someone in a mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Available 24/7.

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