Suicidality can be experienced by anyone, and it could be part of mental illness diagnosis or not. Approximately 90% of individuals who die by suicide experience a mental illness, making it an issue closely tied to what we do here at Art With Impact. There are infinite reasons why someone might feel like killing themselves is the only option. There are a number of factors that may put a person at risk of suicide, including: substance abuse, chronic medical illness, oppression due to an identity (such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.), history of trauma, isolation, sleep deprivation and age (under 24 or above 65 are at a higher risk).
To reduce the risk of suicide, psychotherapy and medication can be used to help recognize unhealthy patterns of thinking and teach coping skills to deal with problems. Seeking treatment for underlying depression and anxiety through doctors or health professionals is essential, as is building social and peer support networks. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone, and help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you are concerned about someone, talk with them and ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide and if they have a plan to end their life. If this is the case, connect with a crisis service and stay with the person, listening without judgement and telling them they are important and you care about them.