Warning Signs & Risk Factors of Suicide

Posted 9/8/2020 in Regional Medical Center

Brought to you by Regional Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Regional Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

According to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide.

Risk factors may include:

  • A pre-existing mental disorder
  • Alcohol or substance use disorder
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • Major physical illness
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Access to lethal means
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation

Warning signs that may help determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide could include:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Bobbi Rowe BSN, RN, Program Director for RMC’s Senior Life Solutions said, “It is important to reach people early. We know it can be difficult to ask for help, but by educating our community we hope we can show people that it is okay to reach out and ask for help for themselves or a loved one.”

RMC’s Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient group therapy and teletherapy program designed to meet the unique needs of senior adults living with symptoms of age-related depression or anxiety, dealing with difficult life transitions, a recent health diagnosis, or the loss of a loved one.  

Rowe added, “The stigma associated with asking for help and a lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment, can also pose as risk factors to an individual. We work to lessen the stigma and increase access to behavioral healthcare.”

For more information, or if an older loved one is in need of help, call Regional Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions program at 563-927-7560 or visit regmedctr.org/seniorlifesolutions.



Founded in 2003, Senior Life Solutions is managed by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), a leading behavioral healthcare management company. Focused on addressing the needs of rural and underserved communities, PMC manages inpatient behavioral health units, intensive outpatient programs, and telehealth services in more than 25 states. The company's services provide evaluation and treatment for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other behavioral health problems. For more information, visit seniorlifesolutions.com