This week is National Suicide Prevention Week…

but the whole month of September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Did you know that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for residents—and the leading cause for male residents according to a July 2017 paper in Academic Medicine. Be sure to talk to a health care professional if you experience any of the following risk factors.

Risk Factors For Suicide

Research has found that about 90% of individuals who die by suicide experience mental illness. A number of other things may put a person at risk of suicide, including:

  • A family history of suicide.
  • Substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol can result in mental highs and lows that exacerbate suicidal thoughts.
  • Intoxication. More than one in three people who die from suicide are found to be currently under the influence.
  • Access to firearms.
  • A serious or chronic medical illness.
  • Gender. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide.
  • A history of trauma or abuse.
  • Prolonged stress.
  • Isolation.
  • Age. People under age 24 or above age 65 are at a higher risk for suicide.
  • A recent tragedy or loss.
  • Agitation and sleep deprivation.

(Derived from National Alliance of Mental Illness)

Recommended Reading from the National Academy of Medicine:

Breaking the Culture of Silence of Physician Suicide

Addressing Burnout, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation in the Osteopathic Profession: An Approach That Spans the Physician Life Cycle

100 Days of Rain: A Reflection on the Limits of Physician Resilience

Breaking A Culture of Silence: The Role of State Medical Boards

Recommended from the Library Catalog.

Empathy Reading: 9 of the Best Novels About Suicide, from Signature Reads

NYMC EventMedical Student Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities, Monday, September 18, 2017, 5 – 6PM