September is Suicide Awareness Month. For some of us, the subject of suicide may seem like a foreign language. After all, we haven’t been affected so what makes awareness so important? Did you know more than 50% of college students will experience suicidal feelings? Or that the #1 reason for suicide is untreated depression even though with adequate care there is a 90% chance of recovery? 90%!
We can be doing so much to fight the stigma and reach out to those in need. If everyone made a small effort, we could change the world. Suicide awareness is so important.
Suicide Warning Signs
If a person talks about:
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Experiencing unbearable pain
- Having no reason to live
- Killing themselves
Specific things to look out for include:
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
- Acting recklessly
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
- Loss of interest
- The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 12.93 per 100,000individuals.
- Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
- On average, there are 117 suicides per day.
- White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2014.
- Firearms account for almost 50% of all suicides.
- The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.
- Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
- In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
- On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
- Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.
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