Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide for 15-29 year olds and numbers are on the rise. The statics on suicide can be scary, especially if you are concerned about yourself or someone close to you. Knowing the warning signs of and risk factors for suicidal behavior, and seeking help as soon as possible can help save lives.
The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. If you or someone you know is at risk for suicidal behavior, dial the crisis lifeline at 988.
Suicidal warning signs may not always be obvious, but they will always be present. Knowing the warning signs can help you pick up on signals that can be easily missed. If you’ve noticed the below behaviors in yourself or someone you know, you should get help as soon as possible, especially if the behavior is new or has recently increased.
Suicide affects all races, genders, and age ranges. There is no single cause for suicidal behavior. Those that are most at risk for suicide tend to have some characteristics in common.
The main risk factors are:
If you or someone you know is showing signs of contemplating suicide, reach out for professional help right away.
Here are 5 steps you can take to help someone in a crisis connect with a professional:
Various types of treatment methods have been shown to help individuals who exhibit suicidal behavior.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of talk therapy that helps people cope with difficult experiences. CBT allows people to identify their thought patterns and try to consider alternative actions and improve their overall wellbeing.
Dialectical behavior therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy is another method of talk therapy that has been shown to reduce suicidal behavior in adolescents. This form of therapy teaches an individual to recognize when their feelings or actions are disruptive or unhealthy, and teaches skills needed to appropriately cope with upsetting situations.
Some individuals at risk for suicide might benefit from medication. Doctors and patients can work together to find the best medication or medication combination, as well as the right dose. Because many individuals at risk for suicide often have a mental health condition, medications are typically prescribed in conjunction with talk therapy.
Having an untreated mental health condition like depression or substance use disorder can increase your risk of suicide. Asking for help can be hard, but if you are experiencing a mental health condition or think you may be, it’s important to seek professional treatment as soon as possible.
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The information in this article is for informational and educational purposes only and should never be substituted for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. If you or someone you know may be in danger, call 911 or the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 right away.