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Suicide awareness and prevention

  • Some people who have mental and physical health problems may consider suicide.

    No one can predict suicide, but it is possible to identify people who may be at an increased risk.

    People at risk for suicide include those who:

    • have had previous suicide attempts
    • have guns in their homes
    • abuse alcohol, prescription medicines or illegal drugs
    • have a mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, major depression or schizophrenia)
    • have a history of violence or abuse
    • have had a sudden, major loss or a stressful situation such as a divorce, death, financial crisis, school or job pressures
    • have a family history of mental illness, alcoholism or substance abuse
    • have recently had a hospital stay for depression or other mental health reasons.

    If you are feeling suicidal, call 911 right away for help or go to the nearest emergency room. Call a crisis line or someone who can provide support.

  • Assessment and referral

    Allina Health hospitals respond to suicide and suicidal behavior 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services start in the emergency room.

    Here's what to expect during the assessment and referral process.

    Crisis numbers and resources

    You do not need to fear help, feel ashamed because you need help, or be afraid to ask for help. The following is a partial listing of resources.

    • 911 (for emergency medical help)
    • 211 (First Call for Help)
    • Kristin Brooks Hope Center Hopeline (phone counseling and resources): 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (phone counseling and resources): 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness (information and support): 1-800-950-6264
    • Crisis Connection (in the Twin Cities): 612-379-6363 or 1-866-379-6363