Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Providers at MaineHealth offer care, treatment and resources that individuals in crisis and their loved ones need.
Reach Out and Get Help
It is important to get treatment for the underlying causes of suicidal thoughts. This often includes mental health issues like depression, anxiety and substance use 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.
If you have a loved one who has been talking about suicide or sharing suicidal thoughts, please help the person seek out a mental health professional.
- Talking about suicide
- Sudden or continuing withdrawal
- Feeling hopeless
- Change in sleep patterns
- Acting in self-destructive ways, such as taking drugs or driving recklessly
- Giving away items and personal belongings
Connect With Care
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 healthcare provider as soon as possible to get the care you need.
There Is Help
Getting treatment for a mental illness or suicidal thoughts may include the following:
Counseling and Psychotherapy
Support from family and loved ones
Education and other resources