September 28, 2017

As Bereavement and Grief Specialist, we are gatekeepers. Gatekeepers are persons who are in the position to recognize a crisis and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.


  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
  • The highest suicide rate was among people 85 or older
  • The second is among people 45 to 64
  • Regarding suicide attempts, females attempt 3x more often than males
  • Males are 4 times more likely to complete suicide

Risk Factors and Warning Signs:

“There is no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition” Depression is the most common mental health related to suicide

Warning Signs: (By what they say or do)
If a person talks about:

  • Being a burden
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason for living
  • Killing themselves

Things to look out for:

  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression

With Help Comes Hope:

Support for persons living with suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts:
Stanislaus County (Emergency Services, 24-Hour hotline) 209.558.4600
National Suicide Hotline 1.800.273.8255

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