International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day falls on Saturday, November 20th. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosts this international event to help bring survivors of suicide loss together to connect, remember their loved ones, and grieve with one another. This year, the closest event to Maryland is held in Washington, D.C. for students at George Washington University on November 13th. 

At Key Point Health Services, we’d like to honor International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day by bringing awareness to the warning signs of suicide risk. While there’s no singular cause of suicide, it’s essential to know risk factors and warning signs that indicate someone you know may attempt suicide. 

What Are Risk Factors for Suicide?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach for an individual that may attempt suicide. Often, suicide occurs when an individual experiences major life stressors combined with mental health struggles. Statistically speaking, the World Health Organization indicates that over 700,000 individuals die by suicide annually. There are often more suicide attempts than completed suicides. Risk factors for a suicide attempt include previous suicide attempts, underlying mental health conditions, alcohol or substance abuse problems, stressful life events, trauma, and access to methods of self-harm. 

Additional Indications of Suicide Risk

Additional indications that someone may be at risk for attempting suicide include a dramatic behavior change, increased or decreased energy, mood swings, expressing feelings of hopelessness, talking about wanting to die, giving away belongings, or purchasing a method of self-harm. If you notice any signs of suicide risk in a loved one, it’s vital to intervene and encourage them to get help or get in contact with a professional who can intervene.

How to Help a Loved One Who is Suicidal

If you’re concerned that a loved one may attempt suicide but they have not expressed any desire to do so, it’s essential to have an honest conversation with them. You should sit down with them and talk to them to figure out how they’re feeling and to be supportive of anything they may be going through. If a loved one expresses that they want to die, it’s critical to take them seriously and understand that they’re undergoing a mental health emergency. You should stay with them and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you’ve found yourself personally struggling with feelings of hopelessness, seek mental health treatment immediately and get in contact with your clinician to notify them of your feelings. 

KEY POINT HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Key Point Health Services provides mental health services that can improve your quality of life. We’ve provided personalized care since 1982 with convenient locations throughout Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil County regions. We offer outpatient services for men and women living with mental health disorders. Our programs include Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Residential Programs for adults looking to progress their lives forward through their mental health struggles. Contact us today to inquire about our complete list of mental health services available.