Suicide Prevention

Sucide Prevention

Why Do People Commit Suicide?

A difficult question for which there is no single answer. Suicide is a very complex problem with multiple factors involved.  Obviously, a suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. No matter the race or age of the person; how rich or poor they are; researchers agree that most people who complete suicide suffer from depression or another mood disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. Other factors can increase the risk of suicide such as genetics, environment, or having a model for suicide present. Problems with interpersonal relationships and/or addictions to drugs or alcohol greatly increase the risk of a suicide attempt. So, there is no easy answer. But there is something we can all do.

We can all learn the warning signs of someone in a suicidal crisis. We can all learn basic gatekeeper skills like QPR. We can all learn what resources we have available in our communities to help those suffering from a suicidal crisis or to help those survivors left behind. We can all offer hope. To learn more contact the MHASC office at 866-929-6145 or Jean Ann Lambert at jlambert@mha-sc.org.

IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS AND NEED IMMEDIATE HELP, please call  1-800-273-TALK (8255).