SUICIDE

SUICIDE

Suicide hotline:  1-800-273-8255

Emergency: 911

 

Statistics:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2018:

  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people.

 

  • Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds.

 

 

  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims.

 

  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.

 

 

  • Everyday, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide.

 

  • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.

 

  • Suicide among males is four times higher than among females. Male deaths represent 79% of all U.S. suicides.

 

  • Females are more likely than males to have had suicidal thoughts.

 

Warning Signs

Talk About:

  • Being a burden to others

  • Guilt or shamefulness

  • Wanting to die or having no purpose

 

They Feel:

  • Empty, trapped, hopeless, ashamed

  • Alone, depressed, anxious, rageful

  • Excruciating physical and/or emotional pain

 

Look for Behavioral Changes such as:

  • Withdrawal from activities and friends

  • Researching or planning ways to die

  • Abnormal sleep and eating schedule (increased or decreased)

  • Giving away personal items and making a will

  • Increased drinking and substance abuse

 

How to get help:

  • Talk to someone you trust or confide in a friend

  • In case of an emergency, contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline or 911

  • Seek a therapist, they really do help

  • Most importantly,

  • Don’t be afraid to reach out or seek help if you need it

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