Let's Deal With Suicide

Claim your right to live your best life. Understanding suicide and its triggers may help you help yourself or a friend.

The rate of suicides and suicide attempts increases significantly during adolescence.

In Michigan, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people between 10 and 19 years of age. If you are having thoughts of suicide, talk to a trusted adult and/or call a free, confidential helpline at 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433).

Certain situations can increase your risk for depression and feelings of hopelessness that go beyond a “bad” day or week, including: 1. Clinical Disorders; 2. Major Life Changes; and 3. Social/Personal Challenges. These situations may lead to suicidal thoughts or behaviors if not addressed.

Clinical Disorders

Approximately 95% of people who die by suicide have a psychological disorder at the time of suicide. People are born with these disorders and, like diabetes, they are no one’s fault and should not bring shame. These disorders include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar
  • Asperger’s

If you’ve been diagnosed with a psychological disorder, follow your health provider’s treatment recommendations. If that includes counseling, attend your appointments. If it includes medications, stay on your medications as directed, and let your parents and doctor know if your medication doesn’t seem to be working or if you feel worse while taking it.

Major Life Changes

  • Parents' divorce
  • Moving
  • Parent absence due to military service or parental separation
  • Financial/Employment changes in family
  • Death or loss of loved one

Social/Personal Challenges

  • Bullying
  • Breakups
  • Friendships
  • Emotional or sexual abuse
  • Gender or sexuality issues
  • Lack of family or social support network
  • Peer abuse

If any of these situations apply to you, be particularly watchful of your mood and feelings if you find yourself facing too much stress. Rather than losing ground, promise yourself that you will talk to someone immediately. Write down adults and peers you trust – now. If you find yourself feeling that life isn’t worth living, or if you become overwhelmed, go to them and tell them you need support.

It is important to note that 50-75% of people considering suicide tell someone they are contemplating it. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right with one of your friends or a family member, talk to a trusted adult immediately.

Free, confidential help is always available at 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433).