Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation today. Bayview Behavioral Hospital is dedicated to helping prevent suicide among teens and youths in Corpus Christi and South Texas.

As part of our Youth Suicide Prevention Program, Bayview has partnered with the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI),  an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. Bayview uses materials from JFI to help establish a “Triangle of Prevention” among students, parents and teachers/youth workers to provide the tools and resources to possibly identify and help at-risk youth.

How to Help

Bayview Behavioral Hospital is your local Jason Foundation resource.  Contact us for more information or if you would like us to present information about suicide to your school or organization.

Never be reluctant to get involved and always take any mention of desire or intent to harm themselves seriously. If you suspect a young person of suicidal thoughts, get them to professional help immediately.

If you or someone you know need to talk with a counselor for help or for resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour suicide hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Risk Factors

Many conditions and stressors can contribute to suicidal thoughts or increase the possibility of a suicide attempt. A number of them are described below.

  • Depression, mental illness and substance abuse. Mental or addictive disorders are associated with most suicides. In fact, 60 percent of those who complete suicide are depressed. Alcohol and drug use are associated with 50-67 percent of suicides.
     
  • Problems at home. Within the home, high levels of violence and conflict, a lack of parental support and alienation from and within the family increase suicide risk.
     
  • Community environment. Youth with high levels of exposure to community violence are at serious risk for self-destructive behavior.
     
  • School environment. Youth who are struggling with classes, perceive their teachers as not understanding them or caring about them, or have poor relationships with their peers have increased vulnerability.
     
  • Previous attempts. Youth who have attempted suicide are at risk of doing it again.
     
  • Family history. A history of mental illness and suicide among immediate family members place youth at greater risk for suicide. Changes in family structure like death, divorce, remarriage, moving to a new city, and financial instability, are also stressors.
     
  • Self-mutilation. Self-mutilation or self-harm behaviors include head banging, cutting, burning, biting, erasing and digging at wounds. Because most self-mutilation behaviors are not suicide attempts, it is important to be cautious when reaching out to the youth and not to make assumptions.
     
  • Situational crises. Almost half of youth suicides are associated with an identifiable precipitating event, such as the death of a loved one, a breakup, parental divorce or sexual abuse.
     
  • Aggression and fighting. Recent research has identified a connection between interpersonal violence and suicide. The link has been seen across all ethnic groups, genders and for youth living in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Additional Resources

Call (800) 273-TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) is free and available 24/7.