Suicide is a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in the United States. Someone dies by suicide every 11 minutes. In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Linn County is sharing resources that help others recognize the warning signs for suicide and learn how to get help.
Suicidal thoughts, much like any mental health condition, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. Discussing suicide can be seen as uncomfortable or even taboo.
However, studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
Suicide Warning Signs
Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. Learn about suicide warning signs.
Suicide and Youth
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24 years old. If you suspect a child or young person is showing warning signs of suicide, remain calm but take it seriously. Call or text 988 or chat at 988Lifeline.org to find out how to help. It could save a life.
Five Action Steps for Helping
The National Institute of Mental Health identified five steps for helping someone in emotional pain in order to prevent suicide. Steps include: Ask, Keep Them Safe, Be There, Help Them Connect, and Stay Connected.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please ask for help. Help includes the 988 Lifeline, your healthcare provider or therapist, family, friends, and community services like the Linn County Mental Health Access Center (adults only), Foundation 2 Crisis Services, Tanager Place, and many others.
The Linn County Mental Health Access Center, together with Foundation 2 crisis counselors, is here to help. Walk-in hours for the MHAC are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. For more information about all of our services, visit LinnCountyIowa.gov/MHAC or visit Foundation 2’s website for more ways on how to help a suicidal person.