Older Adults & Suicide

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Older men die by suicide at a rate that is more than 7x higher than that of older women.
  • The incidence of suicide is particularly high among older, white males.
  • Older women may also be at risk for suicide, especially if lonely or dealing with chronic pain.

IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW AT RISK?

Risk factors for older adults include:

  • Recent death of a loved one
  • Physical illness, disability, or pain
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Major life changes, such as retirement
  • Loss of independence
  • Loss of sense of purpose

KNOW THE SIGNS

  • Talking about wanting to die or having no reason to live
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Saying goodbye or giving away possessions
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Is anyone in immediate danger? 

Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer.

Are you feeling suicidal or in despair?

Talk with someone local now:
VCBH Crisis & Referral Line
1-866-998-2243 • www.VCBH.org

Free • Confidential • 24/7

Or call the national support line:
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call, text, or TTY: 988
Web Chat: www.988lifeline.org
Free • Confidential • 24/7

Are you feeling lonely or isolated?

Call the Senior Support Line:
1-800-235-9980

Resources for Older Adults:
Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
Call 805-477-7300
or go to their website – www.vcaaa.org

For Veterans

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 988 and press 1
veteranscrisisline.net
Free • Confidential • 24/7

More resources for Military and Veterans >

For First Responders

Law enforcement COPLINE
1-800-267-5463
www.copline.org

NVFC First Responder Helpline
Fire, EMS, and other rescue workers
1-888-731-3473
www.nvfc.org/help