Mental Health Problems
Suicide: More Common Than You Would Think
Thinking about suicide is more common than you would think. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for people of all ages, and the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. Even younger children think about suicide.
When someone considers suicide, life has become so overwhelming that it seems hopeless. If someone has made a previous suicide attempt, they are at increased risk for suicide. People with depression or other mental health problems or who suffer from alcohol or drug use are also at increased risk for suicide.
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Signs You Need Help
Listed below are some of the most common warning signs for suicide. However, this is not meant to be an inclusive list; some people may show signs not listed below.
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Giving away possessions
- Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities- seemingly without thinking
- Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
- Increasing alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends, family and society
- Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Experiencing dramatic mood changes
- Seeing no reason for living or having no purpose in life
HOW YOU CAN HELP If you suspect someone is at risk of suicide, ask the following questions: Are you thinking of killing yourself? Do you have a plan to kill yourself? If you suspect someone is at risk of harming himself or herself, make sure the person is not alone and seek professional help IMMEDIATELY. Call 911 or take the person to the nearest hospital emergency department. Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano. Cuando el centro contesta su llamada, usted estará hablando con una persona que le escuchará, le hará preguntas y hará todo lo que esté a su alcance para ayudarlo. Para información en español haga clic aquí. For Hearing and Speech Impaired with TTY Equipment: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
I AM IN CRISIS. HOW DO I GET HELP?
If you or someone else is in a life-threatening crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
If this is a non-life-threatening emergency, C4 operates a crisis line 24/7 for adults, adolescents and children who are experiencing psychiatric emergencies.
Call the C4 Crisis Line at 773.769.0205 and ask to speak to a crisis worker. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano. Cuando el centro contesta su llamada, usted estará hablando con una persona que le escuchará, le hará preguntas y hará todo lo que esté a su alcance para ayudarlo. Para información en español haga clic aquí.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY IMMEDIATE CRISIS IS OVER?
C4 will offer counseling or referrals to help treat the underlying mental health problems, such as depression or substance use.
The following sites offer more information on suicide prevention.