Facts About Suicide …
Nearly 1 million people worldwide die by suicide each year, with anywhere from 10 million to 20 million suicide attempts annually. About 30,000 people reportedly die by suicide each year in the United States. The true number of suicides is likely higher because some deaths that were thought to be an accident, like a single-car accident, overdose, or shooting, are not recognized as being a suicide.
Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in males and the 16th leading cause of death in females. The higher frequency of death by suicide in males versus females is consistent across the lifespan. In the United States, boys 10-14 years of age die by suicide twice as often as their female peers. Teenage boys 15-19 years of age die by suicide five times as often as girls their age, and men 20-24 years of age die by suicide 10 times as often as women their age. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people 10-24 years of age.
Individuals who take their lives tend to suffer from severe anxiety or depression, symptoms of which may include moderate alcohol abuse, insomnia, severe agitation, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, hopelessness, and persistent thoughts about the possibility of something bad happening.
Warning signs that an individual is imminently planning suicide may include the person making a will, getting his or her affairs in order, suddenly visiting friends or family members (one last time), buying or obtaining the method to attempt suicide like a gun, hose, rope, pills or other forms of medications, a sudden and significant decline or improvement in mood, or writing a suicide note. Contrary to popular belief, many people who die by suicide do not tell their therapist or any other mental-health professional they plan to kill themselves in the months before they do so. If they communicate their plan to anyone, it is more likely to be someone with whom they are personally close, like a friend or family member.
If you are having thoughts of suicide – or know someone who is – call the Crisis Team at Summit Pointe, 1-800-632-5449. A team of trained mental health professionals is available to talk with you. Or, call 911.