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Sometimes, stress, pain, or emotions can exceed a person’s ability to cope. But mental health and other health issues that put people at risk for suicide can be helped with treatment. There are safe ways to handle difficult situations and practicing those ways could save your life or someone else’s. People with thoughts of suicide may:

  • Withdraw from social contact and spend a lot of time alone.
  • Show risky and self-destructive behavior.
  • Feel trapped or hopeless about a situation, or that the world would be better without them.
  • Obtain the means to or try to take their own life.
  • Have an underlying mental health condition.

If you or someone you know is demonstrating suicidal thoughts or signs, call 911 or our Access and Crisis team at 1-800-939-5911. There is help and hope for you. You are not alone in your struggles; we can help you find healthy ways to ease your stress or pain so that you can live your best life again.

Resources and support

Local groups and programs can help you navigate the challenges of suicidal thoughts. Explore these resources:

How we serve you

If you’re a member of Cardinal Innovations, there are services to assist you with overcoming thoughts of suicide. Learn about a service type or find a provider specializing in suicide prevention.

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