Let’s Talk About Suicide: Colorado and World Mental Health Day 2019

With the rate of suicide on the rise over the last three decades, mental health advocates, survivors, and allies are working together to raise awareness and help those contemplating suicide as well as those who have been impacted by it. 

In Colorado, suicide remains a prominent cause of death among the 45-64 age group and a leading cause of death among those ages 10-24.¹ Nationally, over 38,000 people die as a result of suicide every year.²

If you or someone you love is struggling with suicidal tendencies, you’re not alone. 

In this article you will learn: 

  • How to Identify the Signs and Symptoms of Suicidal Tendencies 
  • How to Get Help 
  • Who to Call: Contacts & Resources 

Identifying the Signs 

While suicide isn’t a mental illness in and of itself, it generally signifies mental health concerns. If you or your loved one suffers from depression, anxiety, or a personality disorder, suicidal thoughts or tendencies might surface.³ 

The following signs might indicate suicidal tendencies: 

  • Excessive moodiness: This can include sadness and fits of rage 
  • Recklessness, including drunk driving, unsafe sex, or sudden use of drugs 
  • Trouble sleeping or an irregular sleep schedule 
  • Hopelessness 
  • Withdrawal: This can include isolation, lack of interest in once-enjoyed activities, etc. 
  • Threat of suicide: Not every suicide threat will lead to suicide, but every threat should be taken seriously

Have you or someone you love exhibited one or more of the signs mentioned above? Get help »

How to Get Help 

There are more resources than ever available to those struggling with suicidal tendencies. Remember, you’re not alone. 

There are hotlines, counselors, and medications that can help, depending on the severity of the threat. If you or someone you love is seriously threatening suicide, call 911 or visit your closest Emergency Room immediately. 

For less severe threats or concerns, a psychiatric evaluation, therapy, and/or antidepressants can curb suicidal tendencies before they turn into attempts. 

Who to Call: Contacts & Resources 

Colorado Crisis Services 

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

Sources

¹https://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/research/suicides-colorado-reach-all-time-high

²https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-suicide

³https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/recognizing-suicidal-behavior#1