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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.

Important Crisis Phone Numbers

If you or a loved-one is in crisis, please contact one of the numbers below. Counselors are available to assist you 24/7.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 (call, text or chat) Note: remains available

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA.

Cigna Veteran Support Line: 

Cigna customers: You can also call the number on your ID card, or contact your Employee Assistance Program.

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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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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