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An Honest Discussion About Mental Illness and Suicide

Sally Littlefield lives with schizoaffective disorder (a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder, in her case bipolar).

She wrote this piece with her mom, Sophie Littlefield. Sophie: We know that suicide is a serious problem among people living with serious mental illness.

Can you give a sense of the numbers? Sally: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 in the United States and 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition. Sophie: Did you ever consider ending your life, before or after you were diagnosed? Sally: I wouldn’t say I actively considered suicide, but I “get it.” The statistics about schizophrenia and suicide are particularly grim.

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