Suicide Risk & Prevention Counseling
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.3 million Americans attempt suicide each year.
Facts About Suicide And Suicide Prevention
The suicide rate in the United States has increased every year since 2006. It’s a public health crisis. More than 20 percent of those who die by suicide let others know of their plans.
Suicide is preventable. It’s crucial to know the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, so you can take steps to avoid this tragic outcome.
Signs And Symptoms Of Suicidal Tendencies
Risk of suicide is increased by certain situations and conditions, including:
- Substance use disorder
- Mental health conditions (i.e., bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety)
- Previous suicide attempt
- Chronic pain and/or physical illness
- Catastrophic life events (i.e., job loss, divorce, death in the family, bullying/abuse)
- Access to the means of suicide (i.e., firearms, pills)
If you’re facing an emotionally or physically overwhelming situation, it can feel like suicide is the only way to end the pain. In fact, approximately 50 percent of those who die by suicide have a known mental health condition, although the number is likely higher thanks to underreporting of those conditions.
It may be difficult to know if a person is at significant risk for suicide, as many people take pains to hide the severity of their situation. However, there are often indications of severe emotional distress. For example:
- Increased substance abuse
- Talking about death and dying
- Expressing a sense of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Dramatic withdrawal from people and activities
- Risky or reckless behavior
It can be uncomfortable to ask someone if they are considering killing themselves, but it’s worth the awkwardness if you can intervene and possibly save the person’s life. Suicide prevention is possble.
The CDC suggests some approaches that may be helpful:
- Ask if they’re contemplating or considering suicide
- Limit access to firearms and pills
- Offer support and listen
- Connect them to professional help or other support
- Stay connected and let them know you’re a source of ongoing support
At Zinnia Health, our licensed therapists and medical staff are trained to help people who are at risk of suicide. If your or someone you love is in danger of suicide, please don’t wait. Call us immediately at (855) 430-9439. We have staff on call 24/7 to listen to whatever you’re going through, and offer solutions. You deserve help, and we’re here for you.