Suicide rate and Smoking:

A study by Washington University School of Medicine concluded that smoking my increase suicide risk.  You can read that article here

Co-Occuring Disorders and Suicide:

Having a mental health disorder can increase your likelihood of suicidal tendencies.  People with a mental health disorder frequently try to self medicate which can turn to addiction.  Addiction increases your risk of suicide,  you can read more about that here.

Alcoholism and Suicide:

Alcohol, similar to other intoxicants, can cause depression or bring on thoughts of suicide.  If you are interested in learning more about alcohol abuse and suicide, you can read about that here.

Postpartum Depression:

It's no secret that depression can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions.  1 in 7 women can experience PPD, so it is not a rare occurrence.   Follow this link to Maryville University's page on Postpartum Depression and learn more about the symptoms and how to get relief or assistance.

Veterans and Suicide:
For Veterans who feel suicidal, there are resources specifically for you.  Veterans who feel suicidal and abuse alcohol are more likely to attempt suicide, and 22 a day is too many.  Reaching out can be anonymous, you've done so much for this country and you deserve help tailored to you. 

Suicide Prevention in College:

College can be a stressful time, and there are plenty of tools available.'s resource center has provided an abundance of information on suicide prevention.

Barry County Community Mental Health  Authority:

They have help available 24 hours a day and are located in Hastings.  They offer many mental health care services to families, children, adults and seniors.

Better Addiction Care:

This site lists numerous resources and also has an confidential assessment that will enable them to tailor resources to your needs. It also has a facility search to find treatment centers nearby.

Substance Abuse and Suicide:
There is a correlation to substance abuse and mental health.  This can lead to suicidal thoughts or tendencies.  Treatment for substance abuse may decrease the risk for those tendencies.

Facebook: Clickhere to anonymously report someone as suicidal on Facebook. A member of Facebook’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number and possibly a link to chat with Lifeline counselor.

Twitter: Click here and select “Self-Harm” to send an e-mail to Twitter reporting a suicidal user. Twitter will send the user a direct message with the Lifeline number.

YouTube: To report suicidal content, click on the flag icon under a video and select “Harmful Dangerous Acts” and then “Suicide or Self-Injury.” You Tube will then review the video and may send a message to the user that uploaded the video with the Lifeline number.

Tumblr: Click here to write an e-mail to Tumblr about a suicidal user. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog. A member of Tumblr’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number.

Instagram:  To report threats of suicide or self-harm on Instagram: Tap “…” below the post, Tap Report Inappropriate, Select This Photo Puts People At Risk > Self-Harm.

Call 911 if someone threatens to kill or hurt themselves

Other Resources and Links

How to Contact Safety Teams at Social Media Sites:

How To Be Helpful to Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide

  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
  • Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.
  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
  • Don't dare him or her to do it.
  • Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.
  • Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available.
  • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.​
  • Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

It can be scary when a friend or loved one is talking about suicide. Let us help you through it. If someone you know has any warning signs we encourage you to call 911.  The dispatchers at 911 will send someone to do a wellness check to ensure the safety and welfare of the person you are worried about.  You can also call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and talk with a crisis counselor to find out what resources are available in your area. If you are a Veteran, call the lifeline and press 1.
Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Need more information? The Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Barry County Community Mental Health Authority are here to help.