**If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.**
Suicidality, also known as suicidal thoughts or suicidal ideation, refers to thinking about or being preoccupied with thoughts of suicide which is the action of killing oneself. This ranges from the occasional thought about suicide to deep thinking and serious consideration about suicide. It also includes role playing (practicing the motions such as hanging a noose from a high place and trying it on) to incomplete attempts (where suicide is attempted but somehow interrupted). Suicidality is associated with severe depression and should be taken very seriously. There are hotlines and crisis centers available to individuals experiencing suicidality who can help them through their desire to commit suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Know the Risk Factors
Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
- Alcohol and other substance use disorders
- Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
- History of trauma or abuse
- Major physical illnesses
- Previous suicide attempt(s)
- Family history of suicide
- Job or financial loss
- Loss of relationship(s)
- Easy access to lethal means
- Local clusters of suicide
- Lack of social support and sense of isolation
- Stigma associated with asking for help
- Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
- Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
Know the Warning Signs
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
Crisis resource for Stockton residents:
San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services Crisis Intervention Center
1212 N. California Street, Stockton, CA 95202
Walk-in Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m - 1 a.m.
Crisis Phone (24-Hour Response): (209) 468-8686
Crisis Fax: (209) 468-2380
Psychiatric Technicians and Mental Health Specialists staff the Crisis Intervention Center. During weekdays, consumers are initially evaluated for the appropriate level of services through a triage process. If there is a possible need for temporary, involuntary psychiatric inpatient care, then a Crisis Services clinician will assess the consumer’s urgent treatment needs.