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Suicide Prevention

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Attempts at self-harm is a medical emergency. Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room if you have hurt yourself or think you may attempt suicide or self-harm.

If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free, confidential and available 24/7 for everyone in the United States.

What are the warning signs of suicide or having suicidal thoughts?

  • Talking or thinking about suicide or wanting to die.
  • Feeling constant hopelessness, revengefulness, shame and/or guilt.
  • Losing the will to live.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increased drug or alcohol use.
  • Constantly thinking about violence or death.
  • Engaging in dangerous behavior.

When and why should I take action?

  • Any attempt to hurt one's self is an emergency – even if a substance taken wasn't deadly.
  • Anyone who feels the desire to inflict self-harm – or who has acted upon it – should get help immediately.
  • People who try to hurt themselves once will often try again.

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Our psychiatry and behavioral sciences care team treats patients in the areas of addiction psychiatry, health psychology, pain management, general psychiatry, psychological evaluation and medical intervention. This includes evaluations and support for bariatric, gender-affirmation/transgender, transplant, neurostimulator and cancer care.

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
913-588-1227

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