Thoughts of Suicide

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Thoughts of Suicide

Here's an eye-opener! About 32,000 people commit suicide in the U.S. yearly, but many more Americans, more than 8 MILLION, seriously consider suicide each year, according to a new government study.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report was based on a survey of 46,190 people, age 18 and over.

SAMHSA says young adults (18-25) were far more likely to seriously consider suicide than adults 26-49 (6.7 to 3.9%). And among people with a substance abuse disorder, 11 percent had considered suicide, compared to 3 percent for people without such disorders.

Additional Insights into Suicide:

We have in-depth information about suicide, along with crisis hotline numbers, here.

"Surviving a Family Member's Suicide Attempt" On HealthyPlace TV

The Gallaghers were the picture-perfect family. They'd been on Oprah twice talking about how to raise happy kids on a reasonable budget. That was before husband, John, went into a deep depression and tried to twice take his life. What went wrong and how do family members survive when a loved attempts suicide? on Tuesday's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

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Join us Tuesday, September 22, at 5:30p PT, 7:30 CST, 8:30 EST or catch it on-demand. The show airs live on our website. Patricia Gallagher will be taking your questions during the live show.

In the second half of the show, you get to ask Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, your personal mental health questions.

Still to Come in September on the HealthyPlace TV Show

  • Conquering Your Food Addiction

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share you personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

Click here for a list of previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Shows.

Reactions to the HealthyPlace Bipolar Psychosis Section

As mentioned in last week's newsletter, we opened our new section on Bipolar Psychosis in the Bipolar Community. Coinciding with that, author, writer and bipolar patient, Julie Fast, made a guest appearance on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. She not only shared her personal experiences with bipolar psychosis, but she also discussed her treatment plan for coping with psychosis. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

We received about 70 emails from members about the subject. Here's a small sample of comments on bipolar psychosis.

Even with my antipsychotic medications, I still become mildly psychotic at times. I have hallucinations and although sometimes I can tell when I'm hallucinating, the difficult part is trying to figure out when things are real or not.
- Michael
The general public, including family members and friends, don't get psychosis. Try sharing your psychotic thoughts or explaining your actions when your psychotic, and see the look on their faces. Now that's stigma!
- Eileen
Excellent article! When you couple it with Julie's Gold Standard for Treating Bipolar Disorder, you have a complete view of bipolar disorder and how to manage your bipolar symptoms. Something you'll never get from your doctor. They just don't have the time to spend with you.
- Doug

Is Your Child Behaving Differently Than Other Children?

We get emails from parents on a regular basis listing some symptoms and asking if we can provide them with an idea of what's going on with their child.

Even if you're a seasoned parent, it can be difficult to determine if your child has a behavioral or mental health problem. Why?

In adults, most symptoms are typical and obvious, plus adults are better communicators. In children, mental health symptoms can show up as anger, lack of impulse control, and frequent temper tantrums.

If your child is acting significantly different than children his/her age and you're concerned, it's best to speak to your pediatrician and seek professional help. It's also important for parents to familiarize themselves with different mental health issues and the warning signs that accompany childhood psychiatric disorders.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2009, September 22). Thoughts of Suicide, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: September 5, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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