September 10-14 is National Suicide Awareness Week. Although this is the awareness week, suicide rates actually increase in the Spring, which is why it is so important to be aware of factors that influence suicide attempts and how to get help. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be aware of these factors and resources during other times of the year, but we should be particularly vigilant about the increased risk of suicide during the Spring months and to learn about them now to be able to recognize the warning signs. It is important to be able to watch for signs that someone may be thinking about attempting suicide and know the resources to get them the support and help they need.
Suicide affects entire communities, including the person attempting suicide and their family, friends, and peers. Utah ranks 5th in the nation for the highest suicide rates. Suicide is the number one cause of death among children ages 10-17. It is important to be aware of the risk and protective factors associated with suicide so that we can all take part in the prevention. Some risk factors that can lead to suicidal ideation and/or attempts include substance use, mental health issues, poor school performance, experiencing crisis or trauma, and being the victim of bullying. The number one risk factor for someone to attempt suicide is a previous suicide attempt. Often there will be a noticeable change in behavior prior to an attempt, that may include giving away valued belongings, not speaking about the future, significant changes in mood, feeling trapped in some way, or withdrawal from friends, family and/or the community. Protective factors that can indicate a decreased likelihood of suicide attempts include having a positive school, home, and community environment, positive peer relationships, and exhibiting prosocial behaviors. Highland Springs Specialty Clinics has licensed and trained clinicians who can help if you or one of your loved ones is experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
Please contact us at 1-800-403-0295
There are a number of resources available to help prevent suicide. There are both Utah and National Crisis lines (see below). There are people who are well-trained to help that can talk at any time. There are also county specific crisis lines.
Utah Statewide CrisisLine: 801-587-3000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org
County Crisis Lines: Davis County 801-773-7060
Salt Lake County (UNI) 801-587-3000 Summit County 435-649-9079 Tooele County 435-882-5600 Utah County 801-373-7393
Weber & Morgan Counties 801-625-3700
Unique to Utah, we have the SafeUT app that can be downloaded and used to chat, text, or provide tips to licensed clinicians 24/7.
SafeUT Crisis Text & Tip Line (download app)