Suicide Prevention – Warnings Signs and Risk Factors

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Peak Behavioral supports The Jason Foundations advocacy for the prevention of suicide. The Jason Foundation’s mission is specifically for the prevention of young person’s suicide. However, many of the well-researched constructs of the Warning Signs and Risk Factors they have published can be applied to all populations. Below is an outline of The Jason Foundation’s suicide prevention Warning Signs and Risk Factors to be aware of when interacting with anyone who may need Help:

WARNING SIGNS - By themselves, many of these observations are not sure signs that someone is suicidal but could mean that they are struggling with issues in their lives and could use help. If these issues are not addressed or treated, they can result in suicidal thoughts or attempts:

  • Suicide Threats

  • Depression

  • Anger, Increased Irritability

  • Lack of Interest

  • Sudden Increase/Decrease in Appetite

  • Sudden Changes in Appearance

  • Dwindling Academic/Work Performance

  • Previous Suicide Attempts

  • Preoccupied with Final Arrangements

RISK FACTORS – Suicide does not typically have a sudden onset. There are a number of stressors that can contribute to a person’s anxiety and unhappiness, increasing the possibility of a suicide attempt. Several them are described below:

  • Depression, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

  • Aggression and Fighting

  • Home Environment

  • Community Environment

  • School/Work Environment

  • Previous Attempts

  • Cultural Factors

  • Family History/Stresses

  • Self-mutilation

  • Situational Crisis

Please click here for more detailed information about each of the Warning Signs and Risk Factors. If you or a friend need to talk with a counselor for help or for resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Peak Behavioral Health is a psychiatric hospital with clinicians available 24/7 to provide free assessments for individuals and families dealing with a psychiatric crisis. Call 575-589-3000 to speak to a clinician about arranging an assessment.