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Suicide Prevention is Important Year-Round

Suicide prevention is important all year round, and together we all play a role in saving lives. 

What is Suicide?

  • Suicide is a death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior.
  • Suicide attempt is defined as a non-fatal self-directed and potentially injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt may or may not result in injury.

Nationally, the suicide rate increased 25.4% from 1999 to 2016, with increases occurring in almost every state. Suicide claimed the lives of 48,000 people in the US resulting one death every 11 minutes by 2018. It is the second leading cause of death by age group from 10 to 34, according to the CDC

There is a multitude of approaches when it comes to preventing suicide and you play an important role because prevention is a comprehensive approach when it comes to decreasing the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. 

Suicide is preventable and a large growing health problem with lasting effects on individuals, families and communities. Usually family and friends that are the first ones to see the warning signs and these changes in behavior may or may not include health issues related to mental illness. These behavior changes could stem from a death of a loved one, been bullied or from abuse over time or as a child that comes out years later. 

The associated risk factors like depression, anxiety, relationships or financial problems affect everyone regardless of age, gender or background with no single determining causes and have some common warning signs:

  • Has trouble eating or sleeping
  • Talks about committing suicide
  • Exhibits drastic changes in behavior
  • Withdraws from friends or social activities
  • Loses interest in school, work or hobbies
  • Prepares for death by writing a will and making final arrangements
  • Gives away prized possessions
  • Has attempted suicide before
  • Takes unnecessary risks
  • Has recently experienced serious losses
  • Seems preoccupied with death and dying
  • Loses interest in his or her personal appearance
  • Increases alcohol or drug use.

Knowing the signs and taking action with five steps to help someone who is emotionally distressed could save a life.

1.       ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

  1. KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  2. BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  3. HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  4. STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

We care about your well-being and it is our hope that you take advantage of all the free resources available in managing your family’s health.

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas will begin managing your mental health and substance use benefits for HealthSelect participants, replacing Magellan Healthcare. With this transition, your benefit deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance will not change. If you have any questions about these services or need assistance finding a provider, reach out to your BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant at 800-252-8039, Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., CT.

Too sick to drive? Get quick medical and mental health services on the web or download the app

With DrOnDemand, you have 24/7 access to a health care provider for non-emergency care with no cost for HealthSelect participants.

Visit MDLive for a virtual visit with a Mental Health professional for a low cost of $25 copay for HealthSelect members.

Employees enrolled in the Consumer Directed Health plan, you are subjected to deductible and coinsurance cost. 

Need help managing a work life balance, which may affect your personal well-being? Contact your Employee Assistance Program for help services related to: Stress Management or Grief and Bereavement counseling and Managing Depression and Anxiety.

Check out what is happening In the Green for the latest webinar or information session for your physical, interpersonal and financial wellbeing needs. Want to learn more about Suicide Prevention join the October 20, webinar led by UNT Assistant Director and Counselor Arlene Rivero-Carr, to learn how to recognize the signs and learn what to do or say to someone who might be at risk for suicide.  

Resources:

To learn more about the strategies of Suicide Prevention check out these English or Spanish videos and the CDC’s Comprehensive Public Health video approach including how to stay safe and find treatment

The Warm Place – provides year round grief support for children ages 3 ½ to 18 and their families, as well as young adults who have experienced the death of a loved one FREE of charge in the FW area.

UNT Denton

 

 

Denton County MHMR /Psychiatric Triage Center

(800) 762-0157             (940) 381-9965

 

MetroCare Services (Dallas County)
  (214) 743-1200

DFW

North Texas Behavioral Health Authority:

Crisis Text Line:  Please text HOME to 741741 from your mobile device

Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas:  214-828-1000

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255

24/7/365 Crisis Hotline: Call 775-784-8090 or Text ANSWER to 839863

Child and Family Guidance support: Call 214-351-3490 or visit Child and Family Guidance Center  (resources available in Spanish)

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line call (833) 251-7544 or visit NTBHA.org

Texas Health and Human Services:

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line   call (833) 986-1919

Domestic Violence Resource

call 1-800-799-7233 

text LOVEIS to 22522

National Resources: (Identity Based)

Veterans 

Call: 1-800-273-8255 then Press 1

VA Hotline 855-948-2311 

Chat: www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat 

Text: any message to 838-255

 

Transgender 

Trans Lifeline www.translifeline.org  (877) 565-8860 (24/7)

 

LGBTQ+

The Trevor Project Phone Lifeline (866)488-7386 (24/7)

Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200 (Thurs & Fri 3pm-7pm) 

Trevor Chat www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/  (2pm-8pm)