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Can suicide be prevented in people with mental illness?

Although two-thirds of people who die by suicide have a mental disorder, a common mistaken belief is that suicide cannot be prevented unless the mental illness is cured. The presumed association of "mental illness, therefore suicide, and nothing can be done about it" has no basis in fact. Suicide is preventable in spite of a mental illness. In fact, most individuals with mental illnesses do not contemplate or attempt suicide.

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