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Understanding the Mental Health side of Suicide
The tragedy of suicide is not always the result of a mental illness – there can be other factors that can lead an individual in to suicide and we simply need to be open to this reality. The absence of hope. A broken heart. Bullying. Rational, deductive thinking. And so on…there are a lot of different aspects to all of this that cannot simply be explained as a “mental health condition”.
Stigma of Suicide
News, Research, Media, and Legislation
- Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at www.afsp.org has a support group directory and useful information about suicide.
- American Association of Suicidology has a support group directory that is updated every two weeks. www.suicidology.org
- EAP and company benefits can help, call your Human Resources if this is an option. FMLA is a federal law, utilize it if you need time.
- Family counseling for the first few months can help to open communication lines between survivors.
- Talking with other Suicide Survivors.