Skyler Sharp, FNP-C, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Family Medicine –
Suicide is a serious public health concern and is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It affects all ages. People
who attempt suicide and survive may experience serious injuries, such
as broken bones or organ failure. These injuries can lead to long-term
health problems. We want you to know that there is help always available.
- Family history
- Previous suicide attempt(s)
- History of mental health conditions, particularly depression
- History of alcohol or substance abuse
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
- Loss (relational, social, work, or financial)
- Unwillingness to seek help
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as 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 feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
The best way to prevent suicide is by seeking help. Many people find that
their periods of suicidal feelings are temporary; getting through the
immediate crisis can prevent suicide attempts. It is important to know
that people who have struggled with thoughts of suicide and even those
who have attempted suicide can and do recover. With proper support these
people can go on and live full and healthy lives.
Valley Health has a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals
that can address and care for patients who have suicidal risk factors
or warning signs. View local Behavioral Health Resources by
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please contact
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Skyler Sharp, FNP-C
Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Family Medicine – Mt. Jackson
Now Accepting New Patients
5173 Main Street, VA 22842
Phone: (540) 459-1350
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018).
Preventing Suicide. Retrieved from