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Mental Illness

DragonflySuicide and mental illness intersect in confusing ways for many people. Because both topics have been traditionally stigmatized, we often don't attempt truly understand mental illness until we have been diagnosed with a mental illness, a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness, or someone we care about has died by suicide. We hope that we can guide and lead you to the most relevant and reliable information about how mental illness and suicide can collide.


How many people suffer from a mental illness? How many might die by suicide? Find out in this section.

Diagnosable Disorders and Suicide

There are many diagnosable disorders that are related to suicide. Here you can read about those disorders, everything from Mood Disorders (which includes Seasonal Affective Disorder, often referred to as SAD) to Adjustment Disorders, and the research related to suicide.


07/25/2015 at 2:35 PM
hi, i'm raja. i had a ocd. is that was a mental ilness?
08/06/2014 at 3:20 PM
why do all sites assume the person who ended their own life was depressed or had mental illness? Perhaps there is a disease process and the person chose to end their life on their own terms instead of slowly and painfully bit by bit. Family members of that suicide still need help and support, but you cant find it here. I wasn't angry until I came to your site. NOW I am annoyed. You can do better, I know you can. Please do.
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