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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives in 2007 — each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide.
American Psychiatric Association
Representing 38,000 physician leaders in mental health.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
One of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention.
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Warning signs of suicide:
- Ideation (thinking about suicide)
- Substance use or abuse (increased or change in substance)
- Puposelessness (no sense of purpose or belonging)
- Trapped (feeling like there is no way out)
- Hopelessness (there is nothing to live for, no hope or optimism)
- Withdrawal (from family, friends, work, school, activities, hobbies)
- Anxiety (restlessness, irritability)
- Recklessness (high risk-taking behavior)
- Mood disturbance (dramatic change in mood)
- Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
- Talking about suicide.
- Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.
- Preoccupation with death.
- Suddenly happier, calmer.
- Loss of interest in things one cares about.
- Visiting or calling people one cares about.
- Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
- Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health professional.
The above list was taken from Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) – One of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention.
- Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
- Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
- There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
- Between 1952 and 1995, suicide in young adults nearly tripled.
- Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.
- In the month prior to their suicide, 75% of elderly persons had visited a physician.
- Suicide rates in the United States are highest in the spring.
- Over half of all suicides are committed with a firearm.
- For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
- Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed.
- 80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.
- 15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide.
- There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion.
- The highest suicide rate is among men over 85 years old: 65 per 100,000 persons.
- 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
- Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide.
- Exposure to suicidal behavior of others, including in fiction, is a risk factor for suicide.
- The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.
- By 2010, depression will be the #1 disability in the world. (World Health Organization)
- In 2004, 32,439 people died by suicide. (CDC)
- Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 15th). (CDC)
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC)
- It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. (AAS)
- An average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. (CDC, AAS)
- There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS)
- Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention.
- Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.
- Last year SAVE educated 10,618 youth & parents on depression and suicide prevention.
- Last year SAVE received 810 requests for information from 72 countries.
- In 2004 it is estimated there were 811,000 suicide attempts in the US. (AAS)
- There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt. (CDC, AAS)
- According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana).