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The LGBTQ+ Community, Females, and Other Racial and Ethnic Groups are Affected More Than Others.

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According to the CDC suicide is death caused by injuring oneself with the intent to die. A suicide attempt is when someone harms themselves with any intent to end their life, but they do not die as a result of their actions.

Learn to Read The Warning Signs

If you or someone you know shows signs or talks abouyt suicide get help right. The list below can help identify the most common signs.

  • Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," "I wish I were dead" or "I wish I hadn't been born"
  • Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills
  • Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
  • Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
  • Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
  • Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there's no other logical explanation for doing this
  • Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again
  • Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above

Not all people give out signs that are obvious. Sometimes there are no signs at all because they keep it as a secret. Others make it obvious by giving out clear signs by announcing it to friends or family.

What Are The Risk Factors?

Stressful events, problems, and economic situations can trigger suicidal thoughts in an individual.

  • Attempted suicide before
  • Feel hopeless, worthless, agitated, socially isolated or lonely
  • Experience a stressful life event, such as the loss of a loved one, military service, a breakup, or financial or legal problems
  • Have a substance abuse problem — alcohol and drug abuse can worsen thoughts of suicide and make you feel reckless or impulsive enough to act on your thoughts
  • Have suicidal thoughts and have access to firearms in your home
  • Have an underlying psychiatric disorder, such as major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder
  • Have a family history of mental disorders, substance abuse, suicide, or violence, including physical or sexual abuse
  • Have a medical condition that can be linked to depression and suicidal thinking, such as chronic disease, chronic pain or terminal illness
  • Individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender with an unsupportive family or in a hostile environment
  • History of conflict with a spouse or romantic partner
  • Current family legal or financial problems
  • History of mental health problems, particularly depression
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Having access to a firearm

What Can We Do To Help?

  • Get treatment as soon as possible.
  • Get involved with a mental health organization or group
  • Talk to a friend or family member that cares and ask for help.
  • Schedule an apppointment with one of Regis House mental health counselors.
  • Get help from your place of worship or look for community resources.
  • Talk about and don't keep it a secret. Get Help!

Regis House counts with qualified counselors in our staff that are ready to listen, help, and advise you and your family. For more information about our programs contact us at: [email protected]


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