PEOPLE WHO ATTEMPT OR DIE BY SUICIDE SUFFER WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR DISORDERS.
Thoughts of suicide can happen to anyone regardless of whether or not they have a mental illness or disorder.
People living with a mental illness are at increased risk of suicide – up to seven times higher than the general population. Depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness, if untreated, may contribute to suicidal behaviour. For people with a mental illness, the distress caused by the illness can be so great they may feel an overwhelming desire to end their life. People recently discharged from psychiatric care are at higher risk of suicide. However, mental illness is not the only contributing factor and most individuals with mental illness are not affected by suicidal thoughts.
Some people attempt suicide on an impulse, often under the effects of alcohol or drugs. Other contributing factors may include emotional distress or pain, relationship problems and other life stressors such as criminal/legal matters, persecution, eviction/loss of home, death of a loved one, a devastating or debilitating illness, trauma, sexual abuse, rejection, and recent or impending crises.
Studies have shown that approximately 54% of individuals who have died by suicide did not have a diagnosable mental health disorder
Further information on how to talk about suicide can be found at these websites.