GEHA | September 13, 2019
Suicide affects people of all ages and is often preventable. While there is no single cause for suicidal behavior, there are several risk factors.
Some risk factors include:
Many people have some of these risk factors but do not attempt suicide. A normal response to stress is not suicide. Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress and should not be ignored.
Family and friends are often the first to recognize the warning signs of suicidal behavior. These warning signs include:
Get help with MDLIVE
Telemedicine help is available for you or a household family member who is experiencing any of the risk factors or suicidal behaviors. This online counseling provides 24/7 virtual access to doctors and therapists. Studies have shown that telemedicine can be as effective as in-person counseling, with the added benefits of privacy and convenience.
MDLIVE Behavioral Health Services is available to GEHA medical members. To start using MDLIVE, activate your account online or call 888.912.1183.
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