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When it comes to suicide, no one is immune.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of death for people aged 10-34. In 2020 alone, one person died by suicide about every 11 minutes in the U.S. according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Those struggling often feel too ashamed to reach out for help or they don’t know where to turn. Now there’s a new resource that can help save lives.
In July 2022, the first nationwide 3-digit mental health crisis line, 9-8-8, became available in the U.S.
988 is the 911 for mental health emergencies. Instead of a dispatcher sending police, firefighters or paramedics, 988 connects callers with trained crisis counselors. The 24/7 crisis Lifeline offers quick help for anyone experiencing for a mental health, substance use or suicide crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.
No matter where you live in the U.S., you can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for yourself or a loved one who may need crisis support.
Who is at risk?
Suicide is complex and many different factors may contribute to someone making a suicide attempt, such as:
What are the warning signs?
There are warning signs that may indicate someone is considering suicide that can be remembered with the acronym IS PATH WARM:
Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress and should not be ignored. Warning signs are imminent and, once identified, action should be taken.
The easy-to-remember 988 Lifeline builds on the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255). Calls to the old line (now the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline) will still go through.
Anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use crisis can call 988 for help.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, 24/7 help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.
Edward-Elmhurst Health is committed to taking steps to prevent suicide and raise awareness for mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, 24/7 help is available.
Get support from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
In a recent Health 360 with Dr. G podcast episode 49, “Mental health help: We need it now more than ever,” Dr. G and his guest talk about ways to close the mental health access gaps in America. Listen to the podcast.
We offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a program that teaches people how to help someone with a mental health problem or crisis. To sign up for a MHFA course, visit us online or call 630-646-5158.
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