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.
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.