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Recommended Reading:

Reasons to Stay Alive
by Matt Haig

Through a series of conversations with his younger self, author Matt Haig illustrates the cliche, but true adage, “there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”  Many face mental health problems, and Haig is one of them. Reasons to Stay Alive is his journey of how he battled his depression, one day at a time, minute by minute, to come out the other side. It’s not about eradicating his depression, but about finding reasons beyond that to stick around, and appreciating life all the more for it.

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. His latest novel is The Midnight Library and the audiobook edition is read by Carey Mulligan. Haig also writes award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, which is being made into a feature film with an all-star cast. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

If you are experiencing a mental health medical emergency, call 911 or go immediately to the closest emergency room.

Suicide prevention: Risk factors, warning signs to look out for

There's no single cause for suicide.

However, there are risk factors and warning signs to look out for that could save a life.

International Overdose Awareness Day: A list of resources to help overcome substance abuse

Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP.

Conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide.

Risk Factors

Risk factors, or characteristics that could increase the chance of someone taking their own life, also include:




Warning Signs

Warning signs, according to the AFSP, include:

Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change:

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

If you are having thoughts of suicide, crisis and support services are available.

Other resources include:

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If you are experiencing a mental health medical emergency, all 911 or go immediately to the closest emergency room.

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