Raise awareness on suicide prevention

Know the signs and reach out to prevent suicide.

Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is preventable, yet it is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 24, and the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the United States. There is a strong link between suicide and bullying, considering that victims of bullying are up to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Learning about suicide and its warning signs can equip you to support a loved one who is struggling.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 American adults experience a mental illness in a given year. Seeking treatment for mental health concerns, no matter how big or small, is critical to preventing suicide. Common warning signs of suicide include increased alcohol and drug use, social withdrawal or self-isolation, and putting their affairs in order and giving away their possessions. If you notice that someone in your life has warning signs, reach out. It’s okay to ask what you can do to help.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “HOME“ to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or call 911 immediately.

We also recommend taking advantage of the mental health services provided by the Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD), our partner in behavioral health. No referral is needed from your primary care physician to receive covered mental health services. The best way to access services is to first find a doctor affiliated with PCSD. To schedule an appointment, call PCSD at 1-877-257-7273.

For anyone who has warning signs, please seek help immediately. Sharp Health Plan offers mental health coverage and support to provide relief during tough times, and can help you find the compassionate care you need.