Suicide Prevention

It is important to get treatment for the underlying causes of suicidal thoughts. MaineHealth is here to help if you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of self-harm. 

What can cause suicidal thoughts?

Suicidal thoughts are often caused by mental health issues like depression, anxiety and substance use disorder as well as stressful life events. Most of the time, there are signs that someone is thinking about suicide. Know the signs of suicide, and get help, support and care. 

Suicide warning signs

  • Talking about suicide
  • Sudden or continuing withdrawal
  • Moodiness
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Acting in self-destructive ways, such as taking drugs or driving recklessly
  • Giving away items and personal belongings

Suicide prevention information and resources

Risk factors for self-harm and suicide may include:

  • Having a stressful life event, such as the death of a loved one, a breakup or divorce.
  • Substance use and abuse problems with alcohol or drugs
  • Mental health diagnosis or problems
  • Medical condition that can be linked to depression, such as having chronic pain or a serious illness
  • History of suicide attempts

If these apply to you or a loved one it’s important to seek help. Contact your primary care provider as soon as possible to get the care you need.

Treatment for mental illness or suicidal thoughts may include:

  • Counseling and psychotherapy
  • Medications
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Support from family and loved ones
  • Education and peer support

Maine Crisis Hotline: 888-568-1112

NH Suicide Hotline: 800-852-3388

Suicide prevention in Maine: Maine Suicide Prevention Program


MaineHealth cares about your physical and mental health

Counseling, therapy and other behavioral health services are available at most MaineHealth primary care practices. Contact your primary care provider for more information.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Call 1-844-292-0111 to get the care you need.