- Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every single year
- For people aged 15-24, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death
- In the month prior to their suicide 75% of elderly visited their physician
- 15% of people with clinical depression die by suicide.
- Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide
- Depression is the strongest risk factor for suicide
- Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States- Homicide is the 15th
- There is an estimated 4.5 million survivors of suicide in the United States
- Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention
- Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness
- There are 3 female suicide attempts for each male attempt
Warning signs for suicide include:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
- Preoccupation with death.
- Suddenly happier, calmer.
- Loss of interest in things one cares about.
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
- Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order.
- Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
Common misconceptions about suicide include:
If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her.
People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help.
Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
- "Do you ever feel so badly that you think about suicide?"
- "Do you have a plan to commit suicide or take your life?"
- "Have you thought about when you would do it (today, tomorrow, next week)?"
- "Have you thought about what method you would use?"
Never keep a plan for suicide a secret. Don’t worry about risking a friendship if you truly feel a life is in danger. You have bigger things to worry about than your friendship-someone’s life might be in danger! It is better to lose a relationship from violating a confidence than it is to go to a funeral. And most of the time they will come back and thank you for saving their life.
If you have thoughts of suicide, these options are available to you:
- Dial: 911
- Dial: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (Suicide prevention hotline)
- Check yourself into the emergency room.
- Call your local crisis agency.
- Immediately tell someone who can assist you in finding help.
- Stay away from things that might hurt you.
- Most people can be treated with a combination of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy.
THERE IS NO SHAME IN SEEKING HELP!