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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. 40% of people living with

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