Facebook Live: The Intersection of Suicide and Substance Use



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In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month in September, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are co-hosting 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., will lead a discussion on common risk factors, populations at elevated risk, suicides by drug overdose, treatments, prevention, and resources for finding help.


No registration is required for this free event. Watch the live event on NIMH’s Facebook page or NIDA’s Facebook page.

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  • A Facebook account is not required to watch, but it is to ask questions.
  • The event will be archived on NIMH’s website and Facebook page so you can access it after the event is over.
  • Sign language interpreters will be provided.

Note: NIMH and NIDA experts cannot provide specific medical advice or referrals. Please consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal questions. If you need help finding a provider, visit nimh.nih.gov/findhelp. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 988; Llame al 988 (para ayuda en español).