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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988  or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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'START' 741-741

Mental Illness

and suicide

The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression. Although suicide is not always due to depression, in most suicide cases there was a diagnosable mental illness involved

Mental illnesses can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional. Learning about mental illnesses and spreading awareness are key components to helping recognize when someone may need help. 

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Depression is a medical illness, just like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. It is not the blues. Everyone at one time or another experiences the blues...

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. However, anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness...

Bipolar disorders

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks...

Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as...


Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with Schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch...


personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is an illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior...


Self-harm or self-injury means hurting yourself on purpose. One common method is cutting with a sharp object. Any time someone...

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and...

Substance use


A Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a mental disorder that affects a person's brain and behavior, leading to a person's...

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