Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities worldwide. Causes of suicide are complex, stemming from a combination of factors including mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation.
Suicide prevention efforts seek to reduce factors that increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and in turn increasing the factors that help strengthen, support, and protect individuals from suicide. Ideally, these efforts address individual, relationship, community, and societal factors while promoting hope, lowering barriers to services, encouraging connectedness, and reducing stigma.
Goals of Suicide Prevention include:
- Reducing the number of suicides
- Reducing stigma about mental illness and addiction
- Increasing bystander intervention
- Increasing utilization of warmlines, for non-crisis support, and hotlines for crises
To learn more about our offerings surrounding suicide prevention, visit our What We Do tab.
Note: If you believe someone you know may be thinking about suicide, call 911 if the danger for self-harm seems imminent. Stay with and listen to the person until you can get further help, and call (or text) the Butler County Crisis Helpline at 1-844-4-CRISIS to follow their guidance or connect someone in need 24/7/365.