If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, this is a mental health emergency and you are deserving of help. Please refer to our resources below.
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death, and is often related to complex stressors and health issues. Suicide occurs across all ages, incomes, ethnicities and social factors.
Most often, people experience suicidal thoughts when they have lost hope and feel helpless. They want their pain to end, and they may see no other way out. Suicide can also be an impulsive act that follows the use of substances. In some cases, people with psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia may hear voices that tell them to harm themselves.
Suicide can be prevented. The vast majority of people who have suicidal thoughts, or who have attempted suicide, do not die by suicide. Many people can recover from these experiences and live full and meaningful lives.
People who are at risk for suicide may:
People at a higher risk of suicide include those who:
The risk for suicide may be reduced when “protective factors” are present. In general, protective factors can help a person to recover or “bounce back” in the face of stress and adversity. Examples include:
How can I help someone who is at risk for suicide?
What if someone I know shows warning signs for suicide?
What should I do if someone has attempted suicide?
Remain calm and call 911.
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