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September is Suicide Awareness Month

September 30, 2016 2:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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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
  • Aggression

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

Statistics:

  • 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.

How Can I Help?

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