HealthONE - September 25, 2019

Wellness for everyone: Managing everyday life. The Behavioral Health & Wellness Center a campus of The Medical Center of Aurora.

Spot subtle warning signs of suicide

Would you know if a loved one was at risk?

  • Avoiding social situations more often and for no particular reason
  • Indifference about slipping performance at work or school
  • Increasing use of alcohol, or new or worsening drug abuse
  • Giving up on personal hygiene and positive habits, like following a healthy diet and exercising
  • Talking about feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
  • Driving recklessly or engaging in riskier behaviors
  • Unusual purchases that wouldn’t normally be needed but could be used for self-harm
  • Being more careless about taking medications properly and no longer keeping chronic health issues, like diabetes, under control.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

  • In Colorado, every 1.9 days on an average a young person (ages 10-24) is lost to this "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide.
  • Suicide is the10th leading cause of death in the US
  • In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide
  • In 2015, suicide and self-injury cost the US $ 69 Billion

However, suicide has been declared a leading cause of preventable death

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. You can also text "Jason" to 741741 to text confidentially with a trained Crisis Counselor for free, 24/7. HealthONE Crisis Assessment Team (HCAT) is available 24/7 for Walk-In-Services and can be reached at 844-556-2912.

Learn how you can help prevent this tragedy.

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