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Apr 12, 2010

*Every 40 seconds someone in the world commits suicide. That's nearly 1,000,000 annually, 31,655 of those are in the United States.

*16 out of every 100,000 people worldwide died by suicide or 11 per 100,000 Americans.

*For every two victims of homicide in the U.S., there are three people who take their own life.

*Suicide attempts happen up to 20 times more often than successful suicides.

*Males are four times more likely to die by suicide than females, even though females attempt suicide three times more frequently than males.

*Suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide in the last 45 years and rates among young people have been increasing so much as to make them the group at highest risk in 1/3 of all countries.

*Between 1952 and 1995, suicide among adolescents and young adults nearly tripled in the US.

*More American teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.

*Of Americans, Caucasians are more likely to die by suicide than any other racial backgrounds.

*In some countries, one being the United States, suicide is among the three leading causes of death of those between the ages of 15-44 years, and the second leading cause of death in those aged 10-24 years.

  If you think someone you know is considering suicide talk to them about seeking help. Never treat a suicidal remark as a joke. If you have had any suicidal thoughts or feelings tell your doctor as soon as possible, they will know how to get you the help you need.

Here are a few POSSIBLE suicide warning signs: (remember as many as 25% of all those who die by suicide show NO warning signs)

     

  • Appearing depressed or sad most of the time
    (Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide)
  • Talking or writing about death or suicide
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling helpless
  • Feeling strong anger or rage
  • Feeling trapped -- like there is no way out of a situation
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Exhibiting a change in personality
  • Acting impulsively
  • Losing interest in most activities
  • Experiencing a change in sleeping habits
  • Experiencing a change in eating habits
  • Losing interest in most activities
  • Performing poorly at work or in school
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Writing a will
  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame
  • Acting recklessly

Suicide Helpline Info
:

*911

*1-800-SUICIDE
(1-800-784-2433)

*
1-800-273-TALK
(1-800-273-8255)

*Text Telephone:
1-800-799-4TTY
(1-800-799-4889)

*Military Veterans
Suicide Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK
(Press 1)

*Suicide Hotline
in Spanish:
1-800-273-TALK
(Press 2)

*
LGBT Youth
Suicide Hotline:
1-866-4-U-TREVOR
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