Suicide & Mental Illness

There are many things involved in suicidal feelings, but we know that there is a connection between mental illness and suicide.

Studies show that as many as 90% of people who die by suicide had been diagnosed with a mental disorder or mental illness prior to death.

Many people who die by suicide have struggled with mental illness, most notably depression.  Being diagnosed with a mood disorder, such as depression or bi-polar disorder, increases risk of suicide.  Schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol/substance use disorders, and eating disorders all increase the risk of suicide.

Because of this connection, people with mental illness MUST seek assistance and get the treatment they require before it’s too late.

It is important to understand that most people with mental illness do not die by suicide.

(Adapted from Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario)