Suicide and suicidal thoughts are common especially among teens. Not all suicides are linked to depression. Numerous forms of mental illness, substance use disorders and many other health conditions can increase the risk. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)
Reaching out for help or recognizing the risk can be hard, however there are several options for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and their loved ones. We have compiled a list of resources within our community and encourage those needing help to reach out as soon as thoughts begin or as loved ones begin to be concerned, hopefully before a crisis situation develops.
Throughout Alachua County there are several options for 24 hours support.
Numbers Available 24/7:
UF Health – Emergency Department-
North Florida Regional Medical Center – Emergency Department
National Suicide Hotline
In a life-threatening situation, calling 911and providing information about the individual’s situation and medical condition is essential, as well as requesting an officer trained to address mental illness.