According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34 years old and remains the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. Although existing mental illness can increase the risk of suicide, not everyone who attempts suicide has a mental illness – that’s why it’s so important to recognize other risk factors and symptoms to help prevent suicide.
Risk Factors for Men and Women
We spoke with Dr. Seth Resnick, Chair of Behavioral Health at our partner AdvantageCare Physicians, who explained to us that the suicide rate among males is higher than amongst females and that older Caucasian males are still one of the most at-risk groups in the country right now. However, it’s important to be aware that females are more likely than males to have suicidal thoughts as they experience depression at roughly two times the rate of men. Risk factors for suicide include:
You can help prevent suicide by recognizing the following behavioral changes, which may mean a person is at risk for suicide:
Talking about wanting to die
Looking for a way to kill themselves
Talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, or having no reason to live
Behaving recklessly; acting anxious or agitated
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating themselves
Displaying extreme mood swings
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
If you notice any of these signs in a loved one, or if you’re thinking about suicide, confidential help is available 24/7. Seeking help is a sign of strength and resilience. HIPAA laws ensure these services will never be a part of your employment record. Your privacy is completely protected.
Confidential support is available if you are overwhelmed or having thoughts about self-harm:
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
The Lifeline offers 24-hour support if you are in a crisis.
EmblemHealth members can call the EmblemHealth Behavioral Health Line, which is administered through our partner Beacon Health Options: 888-447-2526
Montefiore members only: call University Behavioral Associates Referral Line at 1-800-401-4822.