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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Death by suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, and the second leading cause of death for people 15-34.1 Cigna wants everyone affected to know you are never alone.

If you have concerns that a loved one, friend, or colleague may be thinking about suicide, check the warning signs and what to do for next steps. The more warning signs a person shows, the greater the risk.

Warning signs of suicide2

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

What to do3

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

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Center for Healthy Aging

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In the Workplace

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1American Association of Suicidology, https://suicidology.org/facts-and-statistics/, Accessed August 22, 2019.

2American Association of Suicidology, https://suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs/, Accessed August 22, 2019.

3National Alliance on Mental Illness, https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-conditions/related-conditions/suicide, Accessed August 22, 2019.

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