Mental Illness and Suicide

In the United States, mental illnesses are quite common. In a given year, about one in five persons experience a diagnosable mental disease (disorder). Find out more about some of the most prevalent mental disorders and how they may raise the risk of suicide.

Call 911 or the emergency service in your country if you see or hear the following:


Suicide and depression are strongly correlated, according to research. A depressive disorder diagnosis increases a person's risk of suicide. Learn more about the causes of depression, its symptoms, and available treatments.

Bipolar Disorder

Manic-depressive disease, or bipolar disorder, is a brain ailment that results in significant swings in mood, energy, level of activity, and capacity to do daily chores.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

When a person goes through a traumatic experience that involves physical harm or the possibility of physical damage, post-traumatic stress disorder can result.


Schizophrenia is a serious, chronic brain condition that has afflicted people all through human history. Schizophrenia alters a person's thinking, behavior, perception of reality, expression of emotions, and interpersonal relationships.

Borderline Personality Disorder

A severe mental condition known as borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by fluctuating moods, conduct, and relationships. BPD was originally recognized as a diagnosable condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-III), published in 1980.

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

The term "dual disorder" describes a condition in which a person has both an alcohol or drug addiction and a mental illness. Sometimes the psychological issue shows up first. People may use alcohol or other substances to momentarily improve their mood as a result of this. Sometimes, drug abuse comes on first. That may eventually result in emotional and mental issues.

Are You or Someone You Know In Crisis?

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More On Mental Illness

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