suicide prevention logoListening and talking about suicide helps more than you know. Human interaction can stop a person from choosing to attempt suicide. Do you know how to recognize the signs for suicide in yourself or others? National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 5 – 11, and World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages and is equal to 113 suicides each day or one every 13 minutes. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34. Also, a 5-year analysis of the nation’s death rates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the suicide rate among those ages 45 to 54 increased 30 percent from 1999 to 2010, a larger increase than any other age group during the same period (youth and elderly rates are decreasing).

Suicide risk factors may play a part in a person’s choice to attempt suicide and include:

  • Health – mental health conditions, substance abuse disorders, serious or chronic health conditions or pain,
  • Environmental – stressful life events such as death of someone they know, end of a relationship or job loss. Prolonged stress factors like harassment, relationship issues and unemployment, and
  • Historical – previous suicide attempts or a family history of suicide.

Professionals in the health care industry aren’t immune to stressors and may need help with coping. The university is committed to providing students, residents, faculty, and staff with resources that can help.

UTHealth student resources

If you feel you or someone you know needs professional care, UTHealth offers students the following services:

Student Health & Counseling Services: For students needing assistance, Student Health & Counseling Services is available to listen, talk and support you. The clinic offers medical and counseling services. To set an appointment, call 713-500-5171 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 713-500-5173 during after hours or visit the UT Professional Building at 6410 Fannin St., Suite 130, Houston, TX 77030.

I-M-UT Hotline: The UTHealth community can call the I-M-UT Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and reach a professional, not an automated system. To reach I-M-UT with concerns about a student’s well-being, dial 713-500-4688 (713-500-IMUT).

Residents, faculty or staff in need of help?

UTHealth Office of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) is available for all UTHealth faculty, residents, staff, and dependents. To set up a session, employees, and residents can call 713-500-3327. Assistance to faculty is available at 713-500-3880. Knowledgeable and caring staff can help individuals identify a provider close to their home or work and help them to navigate the process of establishing counseling services.