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Suicidal Ideation & Prevention

With the hopes of helping to prevent suicide for many people worldwide, The Lifeline provides around-the-clock availability every day of the year. Reaching out to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always free and promises full and complete confidentiality to anyone who is in distress and is desperately seeking life-saving support.


What Are The Numbers?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of suicide has consistently shown to be on the rise, with nearly half of the states within the U.S. reporting increases since the year 1999 of at least 30% increases. Almost every one of the remaining states also regularly reports increases in their suicidal rates. It has become more critical than ever for industry professionals to work and improve this growing problem.

Especially individuals who are struggling with a mental health disorder, the rate for suicide is significantly higher than for those who are not. You are able to see rises in the percentages of specific populations of people, especially since one of the symptoms of bipolar disorder, major depression, and a few other mental health illnesses is suicidal ideation.

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which is known to be conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). has reported that approximately 4.3% of adults across the United States admitted to having thoughts about suicide at one time or another. These statistics are based on all adults starting at the age of 18, while the most prevalent occurrences are taking place among adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

What Causes Suicidal Thoughts?

Unfortunately, there is a wide range of varying factors that have been seen as contributors to suicidal ideation. The harmful thoughts of suicide typically occur when feelings of hopelessness and your life have little to no purpose. It is absolutely possible for these feelings to happen because of specific life circumstances such as:

  • Relationship complications
  • Different forms of trauma
  • Substance use and other addictive behaviors
  • Any moderate to severe life crisis
  • Different pressures produced at work
  • Having a previous mental health issue
  • Severe sickness and other physical health issues
  • Overwhelming stress levels caused by financial problems

In addition to these scenarios where suicidal thoughts can be developed, there are also a number of risk factors that have proven over time to be the root cause of many suicidal ideation situations. They include the following:

  • Having served our country in the military
  • Living in more rural areas
  • Having a history of suicidal attempts
  • Having a family history of violence
  • Having a family history of substance use disorder.
  • Having a family history of suicide
  • Having a family history of mental health illnesses
  • Suffering from a chronic disease such as cancer or other terminal illnesses
  • Being known to act impulsively or be reckless
  • Constant feelings of loneliness and seclusion
  • Struggling with bipolar disorder
  • Heightened anxiety
  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • The presence of other mental health disorders
  • Having been the victim of childhood trauma or abuse
  • Suffering a traumatic brain injury
  • Experience chronic pain
  • Being bisexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender
  • Not having the opportunity to be married

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How to Help the Prevention of Suicide

It is possible for close friends and family to notice potential suicidal risks through individual actions and speech. It is essential for others to see these signs and symptoms so that those who may be silently suffering can receive the appropriate professional help they so desperately need.

The following are five quick and easy tips that are recommended by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) on how to accurately provide assistance to someone who may be experiencing a severe crisis and may be having suicidal thoughts:

Ask Questions

Asking the right questions can help gauge if the person is contemplating suicidal ideations. Contrary to some belief, studies have shown that asking these questions does not increase any of the common risks.

Help Them Stay in Safe Environments

This can prove to be crucial for many people and their specific situations. By always providing safe and comfortable surroundings and removing any triggering scenarios can help ease the loneliness feelings immensely.

Listen Intently to Them

Not many aspects are as vital as being available to listen and always be there as a helpful resource to provide that sense of comfort in tough situations.

Provide Constant Encouragement

You can provide assistance and encouragement by calling the helpline or getting the struggling individual in quick contact with someone who they would typically turn to fo help in a crisis situation. Other examples of helpful resources are close friends, spiritual mentors, and family members.

Frequently Follow Up

Studies have shown that, especially during the short times following a severe life event or crisis, following up and being available shows the about of care and love they have for them, which naturally reduces the risk of similar incidents occurring.

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