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Is someone who has a mental illness more at risk of suicide?

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

The short answer......Yes
People with mental illnesses are generally more likely to feel suicidal and try to take their own lives than people who do not have mental illnesses.

Research also shows that a person could be more likely to try to end their own life if they have recently been discharged from a mental health hospital or unit.


At this time, it is important someone gets the right support.

  • Making sure that someone attends appointments with health services and has a care plan in place is important to keep someone well and prevent them feeling suicidal.

  • Regularly "Check in" with these people.

  • Support them in "Helping themselves."

  • Take care of yourself.


Learn why someone would want to commit suicide - Here.

Learn how you can help someone that's suicidal - Here.

Learn what the warning signs are for someone who is feeling suicidal - Here.

Learn what services are available for someone who is suicidal - Here.

Self harm and suicide, learn if they are related - Here


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