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 Mental Health and Suicide


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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24, and the suicide rate for girls aged 10-14 has tripled in recent years. The truth is that 90% of people who have died by suicide suffered from depression or another diagnosable mental health condition. If you recognize someone in your parish struggling, you can support them. Be a good friend. Talk to them, pray with them, ask them if they've thought about suicide, and suggest they reach out for professional help. There is hope and healing in Christ, who loves each of us beyond measure. And we can be His hands and feet to our brothers and sisters with mental illness. 

If someone is facing suicidal thoughts:
Call 1-800-273-TALK (24 hours)

For mental health help: 
Call 1-800-854-7771 (24 hours)

Catholic Therapists:

Pray for Those Experiencing Mental Illness and Suicidal Ideation
Educate Your Parish about Suicide
Share information with your parish, school, and family about suicide and mental health.
Educate Students with Respect Life Week Curriculum
Our annual Respect Life Week includes information for TK-12 on mental health, suicide, and including a high school handout which discusses these topics.

Keep these Phone Numbers on Hand
Keep the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in your phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Keep the Department of Mental Health​ number in your phone: 1-800-854-7771
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