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Providing Hope

Tips and clear warning signs for assisting individuals in suicidal crisis.

Suicide Prevention

L.A. Care is committed to behavorial health. This includes parterning with providers, mental health workers and members to help prevent suicide.

Understanding Suicide

L.A. Care Health Plan believes working together with our providers, mental health workers and members will help reduce the stigma associated with suicide and help more people get the care they need.

Warning Signs

According to the Surgeon General, the following are signs someone may be at risk for suicide:

  • 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 being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
Risk Factors

There is no single cause for suicide. Several factors combined may increase a person's risk of attempting suicide. However, having any of the risk factors listed below does not always mean a suicide or suicide attempt will occur. 

  • Mental Illness
  • Alcohol and other substance use
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive/Aggressive tendencies
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Physical Illness
  • Isolation/lack of social support
  • Barriers to accessing health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Protective Factors

Unlike risk factors, protective factors can reduce a person's risk of committing suicide and include the following:

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for seeking help
  • Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
  • Strong connections to family
  • Community support
  • Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and nonviolent handling of disputes
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation
How You Can Help

If you identify a patient is at risk for suicide, you should encourage them to seek emotional support or professional help. Instruct them on what resources are available.

Suicide Help Lines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
Phone 1-877-727-4747

1-800-784-2433
(1-800-SUICIDE)

911

Behavioral Health Referrals

Beacon Behavioral Health Referrals
(Non-emergent)

Phone 1-877-344-2858