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Suicide Help and Prevention

There’s No Wrong Door When
 Seeking Help for Emotional Crisis 
& Suicide Prevention

Depression is a major cause of suicide. Depression is a mood disorder that can occur at anytime across the lifespan. While environmental stressors may trigger it, we now know that depression has certain physiological components, especially in the brain.

The risk for suicide increases when the depressed person abuses drugs and/or alcohol. For most people, depression is highly treatable. Anybody can be at risk. Persons with severe and persistent mental illness are also at high risk for suicide. Other vulnerable populations are older adults and youth between the ages of 15 and 24.

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Previous attempts
  • Feeling depressed
  • Talking about death and suicide; may also use other forms of expression
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Taking unnecessary, dangerous risks
  • Having a predetermined method of suicide or a plan and sharing it
  • Appearing suddenly happy after a long depression
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Losing interest in regular activities
  • Changing eating and sleeping habits

Key Factors

  • Access to firearms. People who use firearms in their suicide attempt are more likely to die. Seventy percent who complete suicide use a gun.
  • Significant loss. Death, separation, divorce, moving and ending a relationship are critical risk factors.
  • Family conflict or rejection.
  • Family history. Being the survivor of a family member’s suicide increases the risk of completing the suicide by six times.
  • Childhood trauma. Violence to children is a strong risk factor for suicide when they become teens and adults, particularly victims of child sexual abuse.

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