Warning Signs, Risk Factors and Protective Factors for Suicide Prevention

It is easy to confuse risk factors with warning signs of suicide, but it is important to recognize that these key terms are different. Risk factors are not warning signs. Warning signs indicate that someone is at-risk of suicide and may be in need of immediate interventions, whereas risk factors indicate someone is at heightened risk for suicide, but indicate … Read More

Strategies to Cope with Suicidal Thoughts

You may be feeling completely helpless, overwhelmed, and like you have no other options which can be a scary place. However, there are ways to get through this difficult time and help make you feel better. Always remember that there are ALWAYS resources available to you. Below, we have listed a few coping strategies to help you manage and cope … Read More

Symptoms of Mental Disorders Associated with Suicide Risk

The vast majority of adults are not medically trained to identify signs of mental health disorders. As a result, important signs are oftentimes overlooked and categorized as normal adolescent changes in mood, laziness/lethargy, poor attitude, and/or immaturity. As a result, diagnosis of a mental disorder should always be made by a qualified mental health professional and taken seriously. In the … Read More

Helpful Resources

If you know someone in crisis, the following resources are available. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) This crisis line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Available to everyone Veteran’s specific line 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Press 1 Accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889 All callers’ identity is … Read More

Treatment for Suicidal Thoughts and/or Suicide Attempts: What Treatment Options are Best for Me?

Treatment for suicidal thoughts and/or attempts is best determined by one’s specific situation, level of risk, and possible underlying causes (i.e other mental health diagnoses). Identifying and treating any underlying causes and/or mental illness and dealing with any stressors can reduce the risk of suicide. Some treatments for mental illness (i.e, major depression and bipolar disorder) may reduce suicide risk. … Read More

How to Help Someone At-Risk of Suicide

If a person you know expresses a desire to end one’s life, it is important to take immediate action. Although it is natural to feel uneasy about which initial steps will be most beneficial, you need to take their feelings seriously. Understanding the warning signs ( can we make this a link to the Suicide and Self-Harm Blog?) may make … Read More

Suicide and Self-Harm

Suicide and self-harm are terms that are oftentimes misunderstood. By definition, suicide is the deliberate and voluntary taking of one’s life, whereas self-harm is the intentional and deliberate mutilation or hurting of oneself. Usually, individuals who are committing acts of self-harm such as: cutting, burning, hitting, pulling hair, carving, biting, or picking of one’s skin are not with the intent … Read More

Causes of Suicide for Teenage and Youth Populations

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death for individuals ages 15-24 years old. Startlingly, for every suicide, at least 25 attempts are made. It is difficult to pinpoint clear reasons why teen’s and/or youth populations commit or attempt suicide. Although suicide is relatively rare among children, the rate of suicides and suicide … Read More