Recognizing Suicidal Behavior

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Recognizing Suicidal Behavior

Most individuals with suicidal ideation give warning signs or signals of their intentions. Research suggests that the majority of people who attempt suicide literally do something to let others know their intentions before they act on it. These "warning signs'' consist of personal behaviors, verbal, and non-verbal communications. If you believe that a friend, family member, or someone you know is suicidal, you can play a role in suicide prevention by pointing out the alternatives, showing that you care, and getting help from a physician or psychologist. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), it is reported that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in any given year, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. To learn more about warning signs, please visit NIMH- FAQs about Suicide.

If you notice warning signs of suicide especially a change in behavior or the prescence of entirely new behavior, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255) and/or the NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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