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Suicide: What To Watch For

According to the National Institutes of Health, “suicidal behavior is a leading cause of injury and death worldwide.” We believe wholeheartedly that suicide is preventable. There are risk factors and signs we need to be looking for when our loved ones are struggling. Let’s work together to keep those around us safe. Let’s be the voice. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the risk factors for suicide as follows:

  • Family history of suicide
  • Family history of child maltreatment
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • History of mental disorders, particularly clinical depression
  • History of alcohol and substance abuse
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Cultural and religious beliefs
  • Local epidemics of suicide
  • Isolation, feeling of being cut off from other people
  • Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
  • Loss 
  • Physical illness
  • Easy access to lethal methods
  • Unwillingness to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse disorders or to suicidal thoughts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list the protective factors for suicide as follows:

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for help seeking
  • Family and community support 
  • Support from ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support instincts for self-preservation

If you or someone you know is having feelings like those listed above, please reach out for help. Villa Tranquil Recovery is here for you. We offer 24/7 monitoring for those that need it. We are committed to helping you receive the care you need and deserve. Life can be stressful, but there is a way to get help. Call Villa Tranquil Recovery today at 866-697-7573.