Suicidal thoughts and mental health conditions can affect anyone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 90% of individuals who report having suicidal thoughts experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.

Senator Mike Bohacek stated in a recent release, “Suicide prevention should be addressed year-round, but in September we highlight the importance of helping those in need understand what resources are available and options for finding mental health treatment.”

To better prevent tragedies and provide help to those who need it, the new 2024-25 state budget allocates an additional $170 million for mental health resources, including veteran suicide prevention initiatives and the expansion of certified community behavioral health clinics in Indiana.

Senator Bohacek said, “If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, visit or call 2-1-1 to be connected to a mental health professional.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8.