Zero Suicide Initiative

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Having suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis? This text-for-help hotline instantly connects young people with a trained mental health responder. The service helps Indiana's youth get the help they need easily and quickly.*

In Indiana, more people die every year by suicide than by homicide, and the overall rate of suicide continues to dramatically climb. The statistics are alarming, and death by suicide is one of our state’s most concerning health issues. Community Health Network is tackling this important issue by implementing a courageous plan to save the lives of our fellow Hoosiers.

Community has established a commitment that none of our patients commit suicide. We realize that zero suicides may appear to be a bold goal, but when it comes to our patients, no other goal is acceptable. Our behavioral health experts aspire to achieve a zero percent suicide incident rate for patients in our care in the next ten years.

QPR: Question. Persuade. Refer.

These steps can help save a life, and it’s the same technique first responders and educators use with individuals contemplating suicide. In just one or two hours, either online or in-person, you can become trained in QPR. You’ll learn how to identify warning signs, how to interrupt the crisis and how to direct that person to proper care.

Take time today to become trained in QPR! Register for a free, in-person class through Community Health Network.

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Learn more about QPR in the video below.

Know the facts.

Suicide touches everyone—all ages and incomes; all racial, ethnic, and religious groups; and in all parts of the country. The emotional toll on those left behind remains long after the event.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers (CDC, 2010). In addition, each year:

  • About 4,700 young people ages 14–24 die by suicide (CDC, 2010).
  • Approximately 1 out of 6 high school students seriously consider attempting suicide (CDC, 2012).
  • 1 out of 13 high school students attempt suicide one or more times (CDC, 2012).

However, there is help and hope when individuals, schools and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem.

Know the warning signs.

Suicide is preventable. By learning to recognize these warning signs, you can help someone who is in need:

  • Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves.
  • Someone looking for ways to kill themselves: seeking access to pills, weapons or other means.
  • Someone talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.

Contact a mental health professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of these suicide risk factors.

More Suicide Warning Signs

Know where to get help.

Sarah's Story

Sarah's struggle with depression started in middle school, but she hid it from her family and friends. She began to hurt herself and planned a suicide. A concerned friend took the first step to get Sarah the help she needed from a school guidance counselor. Sarah's road to recovery has included inpatient and outpatient support groups, and learning how to positively cope with negative thoughts. Today, Sarah encourages others who are struggling to seek help. Watch this video to hear her story and learn the warning signs of suicide.

*The text-for-help technology is made possible from a grant offered by The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Learn more >>