Given the recent events we as a society are experiencing, it is no surprise that suicide ideation is on the rise. Here at CCPC’s Counseling and Wellness Center, our therapists have heard from a number of clients who are looking to escape the stresses and pain they are currently experiencing. Factors of ongoing, prolonged stress, loss, and accessibility to firearms or other lethal methods create a perfect storm for those looking to attempt suicide.
Some suicide warning signs and risk factors include:
- Depression, other mental disorders, or substance abuse
- Certain medical conditions
- Chronic pain
- A prior suicide attempt
- Family history of a mental disorder or substance abuse
- Family history of suicide
- Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
- Having guns or other firearms in the home
- Having recently been released from prison or jail
- Being exposed to others’ suicidal behavior, such as that of family members, peers, or celebrities
In the video below, Leah Harter, our Director of Counseling, discusses suicide warning signs and shares helpful suicide prevention resources. The most important message for you to hear is: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Our counselors are here to help! Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Additionally, you can find the Safe UT crisis chat and tip line here.
For more information, the National Institute of Health’s suicide prevention information can be found here.