*Suicide is the eleventh cause of death in the U.S..
*At least thirty six thousand people kill themselves every year
*Middle-aged people have higher suicide risk than young people.
*Men have four times the suicide rate as women.
*According to the Centers for Disease Control, ninety four people die by suicide every day.
*There are twice as many suicide deaths weekly in U.S. compared to homicide deaths.
*For every suicide, there are ten suicide attempts.
*American Indian and Alaskan Natives are the highest risk groups.
*Men more successfully kill themselves, but more women make the attempt. People with no family or friends are vulnerable.
*Most depressed people are not suicidal, but anyone depressed can become suicidal
Depression, psychiatric illness, and substance abuse play a role in more than ninety percent of suicides.
*Depression and suffering with a belief that escape is hopeless. "Everyone would be better off without me."
*Impulsive use of drugs and alcohol.
*Crying out for help and not knowing how to get it.
*A desire to die because of terminal illness with no hope of remission.
*Hopelessness, impulsiveness, social isolation, and family/financial loss.
A suicide gesture shows desire to commit suicide. It represents a goal to influence someone. Most successful suicides follow a history of previous attempts.
Log on to: http://facesofsuicide.com/index.php. It will shake your consciousness.
Sources: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fighting-fear/201208/determining-suicide-risk-part-1 and http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/index.html
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