• National Suicide Awareness Month

Dr. Yamaguchi, MD

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2021, 1.7 million people attempted suicide with 48,000 losing their lives. This is a 5% increase in rates from 2019-2020 putting suicide in the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people in the age range of 10-24 years old and these numbers continue to grow by the year. Statistics show that 1 in every 5 Americans struggle with some type of mental health issue.

What to Notice

Dr. Yamaguchi, Director of Student Mental Health speaks on some signs and symptoms one may express if they are going through a tough mental headspace. Some signs of worsening mental health include

  • withdrawing or isolating from typical social contacts or activities
  • increased substance use, worsening grades or other issues at school
  • increasing conflict in relationships
  • decline in hygiene or grooming

Dr. Yamaguchi shares these from her own experience working with students struggling with mental health. They may not be apparent signs that some may share either but having a conversation about mental health can help encourage disclosure. Many individuals express different symptoms so noticing any abnormal behavior may help someone that is struggling.

How to Help 

If a loved one is struggling with their mental health, consider conversing with them about what you’ve noticed. Focus on listening to them and trying to understand. If you feel they may benefit from a professional evaluation or other professional services, you can help them set up a therapy or doctor appointment. You may call the CARES line at (800) 499-3008, which offers support and referrals 24/7 in Riverside County. If this is an emergency, call 911.

If you are struggling with your mental health, consider talking to someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, professor, or your doctor. If the issue has risen to the level of an emergency, it is best to seek immediate assistance by calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital. For suicidal thoughts, you can call the national suicide hotline by dialing 988. Therapy is available at CAPS and outpatient psychiatric treatment is available at SHS and UCR Health. Contact us at 1-844-827-8000 or submit an online appointment form to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment.

About UCR Health

UCR Health is comprised of a team of physicians, specialists and healthcare professionals dedicated to improving people’s health. With five medical offices located throughout Inland Empire and Coachella Valley, UCR Health is growing to meet the healthcare needs of the region, bringing innovative, culturally sensitive medical care to the community. Established alongside the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, UCR Health’s patient-centered primary care and specialty services deliver university-based healthcare excellence and innovation to all communities.