According to AFSP, 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a mental health disorder at the time of their deaths.
However, not everyone with a mental health challenge attempts suicide. Most mental illnesses are treatable with medication and psychotherapy.
THERE IS HELP; THERE IS HOPE
SEIZE THE AWKWARD!
Prior suicide attempt(s)
Misuse and abuse of alcohol/drugs
Mental disorders, particularly depression and other mood disorders
Traumatic brain injury
Access to lethal means, such as firearms & drugs
Knowing someone who died by suicide, particularly a family member
Chronic disease and disability
Stressful life events, such as a divorce, death or job loss
Prolonged stress, including unemployment bullying, and harassment
A family history of suicide
WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE?
It's OK to ask them if they're thinking about suicide. You may be the only one who reaches out.
Call the Lifeline for assistance: 1-800-273-8255
BE A LIFESAVER: SIGN UP FOR A pREVENTION CLASS!!!
Sometimes those awkward moments make the best time to talk to a friend about mental health. It's OK to ask "Are you OK?" This video was brought to you by the Ad Council, in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the JED Foundation. Learn more here.
Teens share common warnings signs that a young person might be considering suicide and how to talk to them in this video from the Mayo Clinic.
MOST AT RISK
The above two videos are provided by the Department of Public Health and Human Services through a partnership between the Governor's Office and the Montana Broadcaster's Association.