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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or Call 1-800-SUICIDE
CRISIS TEXT LINE: Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Every texter is connected with a Suicide Prevention Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.
Veterans Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-TALK (8255) PRESS 1 or text to 838255
Suicide & Crisis Hotline: 1-800-999-9999
In 2007, suicide was the eleventh leading cause of death for all age groups, and more than 34,000 suicides occurred in the U.S. This is the equivalent of 91 suicides per day; one suicide every 15 minutes or 10.95 suicides per 100,000. In 2007, 14.5% of U.S. high school students reported that they had seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months preceding the survey; 6.9% of students reported that they had actually attempted suicide one or more times during the same period.
An estimated 1 million people worldwide complete suicide every year, which is approximately one person every 40 seconds.
So, let me stop right there! Because I need to update these stats.
I had shared these statistics in 2008. It is now 2018. In 2017, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all age groups, and more than 44,964 suicides occurred in the U.S. This amounts to 13.92% per 100,000.
An estimated 1 million people worldwide complete suicide every year, which is approximately one person every 40 seconds. Based on the 2016 National Survey of Drug Use and Mental Health it is estimated that 0.5 percent of the adults aged 18 or older made at least one attempt of Suicide. This translates to approximately 1.3 million adults.
- The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.26 per 100,000 individuals.
- Men die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women.
- Women attempt suicide 2 times more often than men.
- On average, there are 121 suicides per day.
- In 2016, 265 American boys between 10 – 14 took their life. Girls 171.
- In 2016, 4575 American males between 15 – 24 took their life. Females 1148.
- In 2016, 5887 American males between 25 – 34. Females 1479.
- In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide.
- Mental health disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse) are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide.
- One person dies every 40 seconds by suicide.
- It is predicted that by 2020 the rate of death by suicide will increase to one every 20 seconds.
- More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The thought of suicide affects millions of people worldwide.
Who is more likely to commit suicide out of the four people in these images?
Fact is, anyone one of them! The two people on the bottom are smiling, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are happy. Do not forget that half of the depressed population fail to receive treatment.
Do not forget that many live in denial until their pain becomes too much to tolerate.
Do not forget that many will conceal their pain for years. A happy exterior does not necessarily mean a person is happy on the inside, but there are certain things to look out for.
Here are some familiar warning signs that may enhance your suspicion:
- Talks about suicide or death
- Is feeling depressed or has trouble sleeping
- Has become despondent
- Has already tried to attempt suicide
- Appears to have a death wish therefore takes more risks
- Loses interest in their work or school
- Becomes isolated or withdrawn
- Increases their intake of drugs or alcohol
- Shows signs of an eating disorder
- Changes their behavior
- Talks about giving away their worldly goods for no apparent reason
- Says goodbye in an inappropriate way
- Neglects personal appearance
- Dramatically changes their personality or character
They may make unusual comments such as:
- I cannot take anymore
- I have had enough of this world
- I want to die
- Life is not worth living
- I hate my life
- Nobody likes me anyway
- What’s the point?
- Soon you won’t have to worry about me
- I am tired of struggling through life
If you notice any of these warning signs you should:
- Ask how they are feeling
- Listen to them without being judgmental
- Mention that they have not been themselves lately and open yourself up for discussion
- Show interest and offer support
- Do not be afraid to ask them if they are contemplating suicide
- Do not yell at them, you don’t want to worsen the condition
- Do not dare them
- Offer assistance in seeking professional help
- Hide any medications
- Remove any firearms, or any other potentially dangerous weapons
- Show that you care
- Tell them you love them
- Be patient – Be calm
- Do not patronize
- And lastly do not be afraid to intervene.
Whether you are considering suicide, know of someone who may be, or have lost someone through suicide there are a number of resources available that offer support and can be found through this website. Click here for HOTLINES
When a person has reached the point of suicide they are dwelling in the abyss.
They normally cannot see beyond their own torment and turmoil. They live in a fog, and do not think rationally. They just want their personal pain to be over. Often, they do not consider those around them, they do not consciously think about the pain they will leave behind. Sometimes it is up to a loved one to think for them. Many feel not only a burden to society, but a burden to their loved ones. It is up to us to prove and show them otherwise.