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Suicide: The 10th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

HelloSWFL spoke to Jayme Hodges, a licensed clinical social worker and director of Lee Health Behavioral Health Center, to help us help you learn what some of the warning signs might be:

  • Acting differently or changes in their mood
  • Constantly isolating themselves or oversleeping
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or without purpose

So what can you do?

  • Ask questions
  • Listen
  • Find out what they are thinking
  • Keep them safe if you feel they are at risk

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out to a family member, friend, or call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Additional reporting by Tianna Jenkins and Anna Kohls