Facebook Live: The Intersection of Suicide and Substance Use
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month in September, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) co-hosted a Facebook Live event on the intersection of suicide and substance use.
Individuals who experience a substance use disorder (SUD) during their lives may also experience a co-occurring mental disorder and vice versa. Suicide risk is increased among those with either a mental disorder or SUD, or both. This intersection emphasizes the need to address co-occurring mental health conditions holistically. During the event, NIMH Director Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., led a discussion on common risk factors, populations at elevated risk, suicides by drug overdose, treatments, prevention, and resources for finding help.