Suicide Prevention Resources: Take Care of Yourself and Each Other
Falls Church, VA, September 22, 2020 -Globally, people are facing challenges caused by COVID-19. The pandemic may cause anxiety and stress. These feelings may feel stronger with less social interaction. Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or lonely might increase the risk for suicide for some people. It’s important to tend to your mental health and find ways to cope. There are many resources to help you. These include, but are not limited to, TRICARE mental health services.
Everyone can play a role in preventing suicide. The Defense Suicide Prevention Office and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help you learn about the risk factors and warning signs. Learning this information may help you determine if a loved one is at risk and needs help.
Some risk factors for suicide may include:
Some warning signs that may indicate a risk of suicide include:
Talking about suicide or making a plan for suicide
Withdrawing from family, friends, or unit
Expressing feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness
Sudden changes in mood or personality
Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
If you feel these warning signs or see them in another person, you should seek help. , Make the Connection, and
“TRICARE offers mental health care services for beneficiaries coping with excessive depression, grief, and people who might have thoughts of suicide,” said Dr. Krystyna Bienia, a clinical psychologist and senior policy analyst at the Defense Health Agency. “You may even be able to get help through telemedicine services from your own home.”
You may need a referral or pre-authorization for some mental health services. However, most office-based outpatient mental health services don’t require you to get a referral or authorization. If you’re an active duty service member, you do need to get a referral for all services.
During Suicide Prevention Month, take actions to help yourself and others who may be feeling stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about suicide prevention resources. If you think you or someone you know should seek mental health services, get help. Take care of yourself and others, and take command of your health.