Suicidality is a major public health problem that affects many Americans and their families every year. Suicidality ranges from suicide ideation (i.e., thoughts of suicide and making suicide plans) to suicide attempts to completed suicide. Gaining a better understanding of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among adults may help to identify individuals at risk for suicide, to inform the development of screening tools, and to inform mental health and general practitioners on treatment planning.

This section was designed as an introduction to suicide and suicide prevention for the Western Michigan University community. Visit the pages linked to in the submenu to get quick facts, information about risk factors, protective factors, warning signs and seeking help.