Apr 12, 2018 — Suicide is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. It’s a painful topic to discuss or even think about, so many people choose to ignore it. On today's Health Minute, Dr. Joseph Watson describes the most common warning signs of self-harm and what you should do if someone you know is at risk.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Suicide is a very painful and uncomfortable topic for anyone, and as a result, it's easy to ignore and just to pretend it's not even an issue. Dr. Joseph Watson, why is it important that we don't ignore it?

Dr. Watson: Because suicide is one of the leading causes of death in our community. But it's so painful and scary to talk about or even to think about that people try to pretend it's not happening and it's not so common and that it won't affect them. But to loved ones of those who have lost someone by suicide, if they could go back in time and find ways to prevent or do something to protect their loved ones, they would. If you see anyone you think is at risk for harming themselves, don't be afraid to talk to them. Reach out to a health care professional or counselor and call one of the many suicide hotlines for advice.

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