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Suicide and eating disorders

Suicide attempts are very common amongst eating disorder sufferers. Depression tends to go hand-in-hand with an eating disorder and this can lead to the sufferer feeling like suicide is the only option.

However, it is not always depression that is a direct cause of a suicide attempt. Impulsive disorders such as bulimia may cause the sufferer to attempt suicide to try to get rid of their pain quickly.

Suicide is also common amongst anorectics. According to Mental Help Net, only around 5% of sufferers will die as a result of their eating disorder but half of those will be from suicide.

Contrary to popular opinion, many people who exhibit suicidal tendencies are not necessarily trying to kill themselves. Suicide and thoughts of suicide can occur when the weight of problems on an individual’s shoulders outweighs their coping skills.

Common reactions from other people may be, "That’s not enough to be suicidal about" or "Well, Jane Doe from down the street has far more problems than you and she is still alive." This type of reaction is not unusual from friends and family members. However, the reality is that some problems may affect one person more than they affect another.
Recognizing emergency situations

If you have a friend or loved one who you think is contemplating suicide, please read the information on our Helping a friend or loved one page. Even if they do not attempt suicide, it does not mean they won’t do so in the future.

How to help a friend or loved one with an eating disorder


Suicide crisis lines

If you are experiencing suicidal feelings, please call somebody and talk about it. You are not alone; many people have been where you are right now and have found light at the end of the tunnel.

We have lists of suicide help lines in our support area. If you are unable to find what you are looking for there, please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) and you will be able to talk to someone in confidence. It is a toll-free number for all US states and help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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