Suicide Prevention for Consumers and Family Members

Suicidality should raise greater concern among consumers, advocates, family members, providers, and county and state officials. It figures in most psychiatric hospitalizations. It is a leading cause of death among those with serious mental illness. Attempts and completions exact a great emotional toll on consumers, families, and providers. Suicide does not happen in a vacuum. It happens in families! Consumers and family members must play a role in prevention. They need to know how suicidality arises and how they can help. They need to know the danger and warning signs of suicide, the risk factors, and how suicidality and mental illness are linked. These topics and suggested prevention measures are covered.