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It’s important to talk about suicide

Why does a person choose to take their own life? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. What we do know is this. A majority of people who die by suicide have a behavioral health issue or a substance use problem.

Every 11 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. Together, we can prevent suicide. And that starts with better awareness and understanding.

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Every 11 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021

Know the facts

Suicide doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care about your age, gender, race, economic status, or sexual orientation. It can affect anyone.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021

Quiz: Suicide Awareness

Choose if the following statement is true or false:

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Talking openly about suicide is dangerous. It often plants the idea in a person’s head.

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Suicide usually occurs out of the blue – without any warning.

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Self-poisoning is the most common method of suicide.

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Suicide runs in families. It’s a hereditary condition that can’t be prevented.

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If a suicidal person feels better that means that the problem has passed.

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Females die by suicide more frequently than males.

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Young men are at the highest risk of killing themselves.

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Once someone is suicidal, he or she will always remain suicidal.

Thanks for taking a few moments to learn about the myths and realities of suicide. Your awareness can help save a life. And don’t forget, you can always turn to a Mindful Advocate for guidance and support in a moment of crisis.

FALSE: Discussing suicide openly is one of the most helpful things you can do. It shows you are taking the person seriously and that you care.

FALSE: 80% of people who die by suicide give some warning, but those warnings are often hard to recognize until it’s too late. That’s why it’s so important to know the warning signs and, if you are concerned about someone, ask directly if they are thinking of suicide.

FALSE: Firearms are the most commonly used method, accounting for more than 50% of all suicides.

FALSE: Suicide is not hereditary. It’s important to note, though, that survivors of suicide loss are at greater risk of dying by suicide themselves.

FALSE: If someone who has been depressed or suicidal suddenly seems happier, don’t assume that the danger has passed. Making a decision to end one’s life often improves the person’s mental attitude and increases his/her energy to carry out the suicide plan.

FALSE: Four times as many males die by suicide while four times as many females attempt suicide.

FALSE: Males between the ages of 18 and 24 are in the group with the highest growth rate of suicide, but older men are actually at the highest risk of killing themselves.

FALSE: Heightened suicide risk is often short-term and situation-specific. While suicidal thoughts may return, they aren’t permanent and a person with previous suicidal thoughts can go on to live a long life.



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Who to call for help

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A Mindful Advocate

It all starts here. 833-302-MIND (6463) Blue KC members can call a Mindful Advocate 24/7 for immediate care in a time of crisis. These licensed behavioral health clinicians offer support in other ways, too. They’re here to listen, help you navigate your health benefits, and connect you to the appropriate care. To learn more about Mindful by Blue KC visit

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Important Crisis Phone Numbers

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Call or Text 988 The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides free, 24/7 confidential support for people in distress.

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All Emergency Situations

911 If you or someone you know is in an emergency, always call 911. If someone is in imminent danger, never leave them alone.



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