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If you - or someone you know - are having thoughts about suicide, call 1.800.SUICIDE (784-2433). Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller’s location. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Suicidal behavior is complex. Some risk factors vary with age, gender and ethnic group and may even change over time. The risk factors for suicide frequently occur in combination. Research has shown that more than 90 percent of people who commit suicide have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder. 


The number one cause of suicide is untreated depression. A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the whole body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person feels about oneself and the way one thinks about things. The taking of ones own life tragically demonstrates the terrible psychological pain experienced by a person who has lost all hope — a person who is no longer able to cope with day to day activities – a person who feels there is no solution to their problem — a person who wants to end the pain by ending their own life. 

Much of this kind of suffering is unnecessary. Depression is treatable and as 
a result, suicide is preventable. Love yourself or a friend enough not to keep thoughts of suicide a secret. If you or a friend are thinking of ending the pain by ending your life, this is not a secret to keep. Talk to your family, friends or other special people in your life. They can help you find solutions to your problems and to see ways to cope with your pain without ending your life. Help is just a phone call away: 1.800.SUICIDE (784-2433—the National Hopeline Network).

A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health service provider. Here are some warning signs you should know about.


• Talk about suicide
• Statements about hopelessness, helplessness or worthlessness.
• Preoccupation with death.
• Suddenly happier, calmer.
• Loss of interest in things one cares about.
• Unusual visiting or calling people one cares about.
• Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
• Giving things away.

Contra Costa Crisis Center staff (Walnut Creek, CA) standing in front of the "Hope Truck." 
In February 2002, KBHC launched its Hope Truck Outreach Program. The Hope Center logo with "Learn the Warning Sings" message is painted on a KBHC commissioned 18-wheeler which travels across the country logging over 10,000 miles monthly delivering the 1.800.SUICIDE number to all highway and bi-way travelers.


Warning Signs PSA – run live on website – 30 seconds



Offer PSA in .MPG – file for downloading



Under Suicide: The Forever Decision
by Paul G. Quinnett



Readable and down loadable e-version of this book


In Harm’s Way: Suicide in America 

This document is available from the National Institute of Mental Health —
www.nimh.nih.gov. NIMH’s website provides information from the Federal agency that conducts and supports research on mental illnesses. NIMH also offers a variety of publications to help researcher, mental health and health care practitioners, people with mental disorders, and the general public gain a better understanding of mental disorders and the research programs of the Institute. You can order publications from their website. If you have a fax machine with a telephone handset, also check out NIMH FAX4U. Some of their publications and many other information items can be faxed directly to you – in a matter of minutes.




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Welcome to the Injury Prevention Web



State Suicide Prevention Strategies



Information on Grief and Surviving Loss



The National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP)


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