and our goal at Benevolent Family Services is to educate the public about the warning signs of suicide and encourage individuals to address these warning signs with family and friends as well as colleagues. Sadly, suicide is the leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years old. Additionally, suicide rate has increased by 30% from 1999 to 2010 for ages 35 to 64. Interestingly, certain factors like substance abuse and untreated depression can lead to a higher risk of suicide.
The warning signs of suicide are indicators that an individual may be in acute danger and may need help such as:
Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
Withdrawing and isolating oneself
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
Giving away belongings
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Displaying extreme mood swings
Sleeping too little or too much
There are also risk factors that make it more likely an individual will consider, attempt or die by suicide:
Previous suicide attempt
History of trauma or abuse
Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders.
Major physical or chronic illnesses
Alcohol and other substance use disorders
Family history of suicide
Recent job or relationship loss
Lack of social support and sense of isolation
Anyone could be struggling with suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-263-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support.