Preventing Suicide: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, Safety Plans and Hotlines

Preventing Suicide: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, Safety Plans and Hotlines

Preventing Suicide: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, Safety Plans and Hotlines
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, set aside to support and connect with those who’ve been impacted by a death by suicide or have suicidal thoughts as well as to create more awareness about suicide prevention. Thinking about or attempting...

Can suicide risk be detected in the blood?

Can suicide risk be detected in the blood?

Five-year, $3.6 million federal grant to fuel search for biomarker-based methods to evaluate suicide risk. The project is the first longitudinal study of its kind, and is a collaboration between Van Andel Institute’s Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Eric Achtyes, M.D., M.S., and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s John Mann, M.D.

Preventing Suicide: Why Talking About “It” Is Essential

Preventing Suicide: Why Talking About “It” Is Essential

Suicide touches all of us. After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death. However, unlike cancer and heart disease, most of us feel very uncomfortable talking to someone about whether they are having thoughts about harming themselves. In this article, Jean Holthaus provides talking tips to start the conversation.

Construction Workers at Higher Risk for Suicide

Construction Workers at Higher Risk for Suicide

Construction workers are statistically at a higher risk for mental health issues than virtually every other profession. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of all suicides in 2012 were workers in the construction and…

Effective Crisis Leadership Following Suicide

Effective Crisis Leadership Following Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW When death by suicide strikes the workplace, employees immediately look to its leadership for direction. How leaders respond when all eyes are upon them offers both tremendous opportunity and serious risk for the subsequent outcomes. Do...

You Can Help Prevent Suicide

You Can Help Prevent Suicide
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That’s about 123 individuals each day. And for every death there are 25 attempts. The financial cost is a staggering $69 billion annually.1 The cost of life as well...

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

One of the reasons suicide is so tragic is that it is a stark reminder of just how connected we all are to one another. The void left when someone dies by suicide is unlike anything else. The impact ripples…

Learn the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide

Learn the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide

As we’ve heard recently in the news, suicide rates have increased 30 percent since 2000. In order to stem this tide, we all need to know more about why and when to be on alert and then what action to take, because knowing the warnings signs and what to do if you notice them can help you save the life of a loved one, friend, co-worker or employee.

Changing the Course of Life

Changing the Course of Life
Meet Rob. He has struggled with anxiety and depression as long as he can remember, self-harming throughout high school. Growing up, his family did not have adequate insurance, so he just dealt with it as best he could into adulthood....

10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide

10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW Death powerfully jars our concept of the way life is supposed to be. That dissonance is multiplied when the death is by suicide. Following the tragedy of death by suicide, the workforce will include people whose...