Are there warning signs for suicide?
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Are there warning signs for suicide?
If you are worried about yourself or someone else, use these tips and resources to help and care for your or a loved one’s needs.
So many people are impacted by suicide, and some of us might have had suicidal thoughts or be thinking of it now. And certain conditions, traits or events may increase a person’s risk for suicide. Below are some of the biggest risk factors:1
If they talk about:
If they say they feel:
If you see changes in behavior, like:
If you or someone you love has one or more of these warning signs, it’s time to talk with someone and get extra help.3
Important: Make sure to keep guns, as well as potentially lethal drugs and medications, locked up at all times.
Suicide is a tough topic to bring up. But if you’re worried about someone in your life, it could be a life-saving conversation to have. If you don’t know how to start, simply ask the person if they have thought about suicide or are considering it. Listen to what they say, without judgement. Everyone needs a safe space to talk about their feelings.
How can I help prevent suicide?
Everyone can help prevent suicide by learning the warning signs of suicide and how to get help.4
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. Trained counselors are available to talk with people who are in serious emotional distress and having suicidal thoughts. When you call or text 988, a counselor will listen to you, offer support, and find available resources to help. If you are worried that you or someone you love is in immediate danger, call 911.
If you aren’t in crisis, but are still struggling with your mental health, reach out to your doctor. Let your doctor know about your mental health and any symptoms you may be experiencing. You and your doctor can work together to develop a treatment plan to help you feel your best. Or your doctor can recommend a therapist or specialist to help. Don’t be scared to bring up your mental health with your doctor. Remember: There is no health without mental health.
You can also turn to our community specialists at our Florida Blue Centers. Our Florida Blue Centers are open to the public. You can ask questions, get help finding a doctor or finding resources in your community whether you are a Florida Blue member or not. Our centers also offer webinars and classes on topics like mental health, at no extra cost. Visit your local center or call 1-877-352-5830, or learn more at floridablue.com/center.
Here are some more resources you can try if you‘re a Florida Blue member:
*988 is the call number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, an independent company offering mental health counselling via phone call or text.
**meQuilibrium is an independent company contracted by Florida Blue to provide health and wellness services and resources to members. This benefit is available to Florida Blue members age 18 and older. Eligibility is limited to members with an individual or family plan, an individual or family ACA plan and members with coverage from their fully insured group employer health plan.
***Florida Blue has entered into an arrangement with Wellframe to provide members with care decision support services, information and other services. All decisions that require or pertain to independent professional medical/clinical judgement or training, or the need for medical services, are solely the member’s responsibility and the responsibility of their physicians and other health care providers. Wellframe is an independent company that provides online services to Florida Blue members through the BlueforMe app.
****Florida Blue contracts with Lucet to provide behavioral health services.