According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide was the 10th leading cause of the death in the U.S. in 2009. That
year there were 37,000 suicides, with one million reported attempted suicides. In the same year, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Suicide is a major health issue but it’s also a potentially preventable one. While there are several risk factors for suicide, any person who expresses suicidal thoughts or the intent to commit suicide should be taken seriously. Risk factors for suicide
Knowing and acting on the signs of suicide exhibited by others could save thousands of lives each year. If someone appears depressed and/or expresses suicidal thoughts, it's important to listen closely and take that person seriously. It's especially important
to be concerned if someone exhibits any of these signs and has also attempted suicide in the past, as most successful suicides were preceded by one or more attempts.
Benjamin Shain, MD, PhD, Psychiatry at NorthShore, shares some of the warning signs of suicide and discusses what you can do to help a person
who might be contemplating suicide:
What should you do if you notice these behaviors in a friend or family member?
First, discuss your observations or concerns with the person and/or other friends or family members. Make sure to listen to the person’s concerns and what might be stressful for them. It's essential to urge the person to speak to their primary care physician
and/or a mental health professional. If you believe they are an immediate risk to themselves, call 911.
It’s one thing to occasionally feel down, unenergetic and tired out, especially given the busy lives
so many of us lead. However, consistently experiencing feelings of sadness, exhaustion and anxiety to a point where it affects the rest of your life can be cause for concern.
Depression is a very common mental illness and impacts people in various ways. It is estimated that one in ten adults suffers from depression at some point during their lifetime.
Frederick Miller, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist at NorthShore, recognizes that living with depression can be a challenge. He offers the following tips for managing and coping
What makes you happy? How to you manage feelings of sadness and/or depression?
No matter what your sex, our lives are often stressful. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious between balancing
work, societal pressures and our personal lives.
When it comes to talking with others about these pressures and the emotional impact they may have, men typically tend to keep to themselves. While many men may open up to close friends and family members, mental health issues and concerns frequently aren’t
addressed during a visit to the doctor.
Robert Farra, PhD, gives the following recommendations to men about how to maintain good mental health:
Some of the most common mental health conditions suffered by men include:
What do you do to help reduce stress and anxiety? Would you be comfortable talking to your physician about mental health issues?