Suicide Awareness: Contributing Factors

EMR-105345 - Contributing Factors

suicide awareness: contributing factors

As a community, we want to lift each other up. None of us know what another person is going through unless we show interest and find out. Everyone wants to feel heard, cared for, and that their existence matters to at least one other person in the world. We have the capability of doing this for one another. Don’t be afraid to reach out either to help yourself or someone else.

Contributing Factors

  • Family history of suicide
  • Exposure to prolonged and extreme stress
  • Personal history of mental illness (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.)
  • Barriers to care (stigma, fear, finances, not available)

Potential Warning Signs

  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increased risky behavior; (i.e. riding a motorcycle without PPE or driving too fast for safe conditions)
  • Researching suicide or ways to die
  • Drunk talk about death, dying, or suicide
  • Experience of recent trauma event

What to do if you or someone you know is struggling

  • Talk to a professional, share your concerns
  • Accept help from others
  • If you suspect they may be at risk, ask the hardest question: “Have you thought about killing yourself?”
  • Trust your gut! If something feels wrong, find out more
  • You can show you care simply by talking with them and listening
  • Tell the person what they mean to you

Help is Available

  • Community Counseling Program: 253-6553
  • Branch Health Clinic Behavioral Health: 255-8331
  • Chaplain: 253-3371
  • Military Family Life
  • Counselors
  • Chain of Command
  • OSCAR Team Member
  • Suicide Prevention Program Officer

If you’re not sure where to go, remember there is no wrong door. #BeThereIwakuni