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Life is Better With You Here was created in response to national data from the Journal of the American Medical Association that indicated a 73% increase suicide attempts among Black/African American adolescents between 1991 and 2017. As of 2018, suicide became the second leading cause of death in Black/African American children from ages 10 to 14, and the third leading cause of death in Black/African American adolescents from ages 15 to 19, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.



What can I do if I’m feeling suicidal?

If you are in crisis and need immediate help:

  • Call 988 or 216-623-6888, Cuyahoga County’s 24-Hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline

  • Text "POWER" to 741741

  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency department


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  • What can I do if I’m worried someone I know is thinking about suicide?
    Here are five steps you can take to #BeThe1To help someone in emotional pain: Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question, but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts. Keep Them Safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference. Be There: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts. Help Them Connect: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)) and the Crisis Text Line’s number (741741) in your phone, so it’s there when you need it. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional. If you live in Cuyahoga County, you can call the 24-Hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline: (216) 623-6888. Stay Connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person. Download the Action Steps Flyer
  • What can I do to help prevent suicide?
    Take time to learn more or become certified. The ADAMHS Board offers a FREE suicide prevention training called Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), which teaches three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Learn more and sign up for an upcoming QPR training.
  • What are some resources for parents?
    Here are a few resources for parents: Life is better with you here Visit the ADAMHS Board free, confidential screenings page and click "concerned about my teen's mood" Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide Mayo Clinic Teen Suicide Prevention video
  • How prevalent is suicide?
    Click here to view data collected by the Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report on June 7, 2018, which read: "Suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state, according to the latest Vital Signs Report. According to the CDC Leading Causes of Death Report, in 2017, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,000 people. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54. The American Association of Suicidology states that nationally, one person dies by suicide every 10.9 minutes. Tragically, Ohio had 1,836 deaths by suicide in 2018, which was an increase of 45%
  • What are some warning signs of suicide?
    The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide. Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching for lethal methods online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun Talking about great guilt or shame Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain) Talking about being a burden to others Using alcohol or drugs more often Acting anxious or agitated Withdrawing from family and friends Changing eating and/or sleeping habits Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast Talking or thinking about death often Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy Giving away important possessions Saying goodbye to friends and family Putting affairs in order, making a will If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. More information can be found at Life is better with you here.
  • Are there risk factors for suicide?
    Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk. Suicidal behavior is complex, and there is no single cause. Many different factors contribute to someone making a suicide attempt. But people most at risk tend to share specific characteristics. The main risk factors for suicide are: Depression, other mental disorders, or substance abuse disorder Certain medical conditions Chronic pain A prior suicide attempt Family history of a mental disorder or substance abuse Family history of suicide Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse Having guns or other firearms in the home Having recently been released from prison or jail Being exposed to others' suicidal behavior, such as that of family members, peers, or celebrities Many people have some of these risk factors but do not attempt suicide. It is important to note that suicide is not a normal response to stress. Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention, and should not be ignored. View additional information on suicide prevention.
  • I’m a member of the media. How should I be reporting on suicide?
    How we report on suicide matters. Please read these ten tips on how you can more safely report on suicide. Here are some additional recommendations for reporting.
  • What are protective factors?
    Protective factors are characteristics that help to adapt to different levels of hardship. Studies show protective factors act as a buffer against suicidal thoughts and attempts. Here are some examples of protective factors: Strong family support and relationships Community and social support Religious and spiritual engagement Personal factors like positive self-esteem and emotional wellbeing Factors like stable housing, income and employment The Cuyahoga County Suicide Prevention Coalition created this video highlighting the importance of community protective factors.
  • What are some other resources?
    Therapy for Black Men National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network The Black Mental Health Corporation Seize the Awkward Interactive Screening for College Students Center for Black Women's Wellness American Association of Suicidology American Foundation for Suicide Prevention American Suicide Prevention Foundation Cornerstone of Hope: A Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Adults Cuyahoga County Suicide Postvention Response Team Depression and Bipolar Wellness Alliance FrontLine Service LifeAct Mental Health America Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Glossary NAMI Greater Cleveland National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention National Institute of Mental Health National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) The Trevor Project Resources for Veterans Veterans Crisis Line VA Community Provider Toolkit VA Coaching into Care
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