Are You at Risk

    Suicide: Know the Signs

    There’s no single cause of suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It most often occurs when stress and health issues converge to create feelings of hopelessness and despair.

    Recognizing warning signs—through conversations, social media posts or changes in behavior—may help determine if someone you know is struggling.

    HAVE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW EXHIBITED ONE OR MORE WARNING SIGNS?

    • Feeling sad or depressed most of the time

    • Talking about feeling trapped or wanting to die

    • Extreme mood swings

    • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

    • Decreased self-confidence

    • Feeling hopeless and helpless

    • Sleeping too much or too little

    • Feeling anxious, agitated or reckless

    • Withdrawing from family and friends

    • Talking about being a burden to others

    WARNING SIGNS SPECIFIC TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS INCLUDE

    • Decreased productivity

    • Increased conflict among co-workers

    • Near hits, incidents and injuries

    • Decreased problem-solving ability

    • Increased tardiness and absenteeism

    If you or someone you know has exhibited one or more of these signs and is at immediate risk of suicide, get help now

    TAKE A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SCREENING

    A quick, anonymous online screening is a great way to gauge your behavioral health. Just as routine check-ups and screenings can be effective in recognizing early signs of physical illnesses, they are also a way to evaluate your behavioral health. Early identification of a mental health or substance use issue can lead to earlier treatment, which in turn results in an increased chance of recovery and an improved quality of life.

    Take two minutes today and get a check-up from the neck up.  


    RECOGNIZE RISK FACTORS

    A combination of environmental, health, historical, and occupational factors can increase the risk of suicide. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when left untreated, increase the risk for suicide. 

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, employees in the construction industry are at the highest risk for suicide among all industries. If you work in the construction industry, it is especially important to keep the risk factors in mind.