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Are drinking, taking drugs, and acting recklessly warning signs of suicide risk?

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Yes. Substance abuse raises the chance of suicide. Somone who uses a lot of drugs and alcohol may be trying to dull pain or to harm themselves. So can a person who takes dangerous chances, like driving drunk or having risky sex. Encourage the person you're concerned about to talk to a mental health professional as soon as possible. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open. You can reach a trained counselor at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

SOURCES:

CDC: “Suicide rising across the U.S.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Recognizing Suicidal Behavior.”

American Psychological Association: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Warning Signs of Suicide.”

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior: “What's the Harm in Asking About Suicidal Ideation?”

Mayo Clinic: “Suicide: What to Do When Someone Is Suicidal.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 08, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Suicide rising across the U.S.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Recognizing Suicidal Behavior.”

American Psychological Association: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Warning Signs of Suicide.”

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior: “What's the Harm in Asking About Suicidal Ideation?”

Mayo Clinic: “Suicide: What to Do When Someone Is Suicidal.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 08, 2018

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