Suicide: How to recognize it and help prevent it from happening…


According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

  • For every woman who dies by suicide, four men die by suicide, but women are 3x more likely to attempt suicide.i

  • Americans attempt suicide an estimated 1 MILLION times annually iii

  • An American dies by suicide every 12.95 minutes i

  • In 2012, firearms were the most common method of death by suicide, accounting for 50.9% of all suicide deaths, followed by suffocation (including hangings) at 24.8% and poisoning at 16.7%

  • Over 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year.i Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States • 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24 • 5th leading cause of death for ages 45-59 • The suicide rate among American Indian/ Alaska Native adolescents and young adults ages 15-24 is 1.8 times the national average i

Do you know what that means?  While you’re sitting in front of your computer for five minutes, stressing about something that could probably be resolved by a goodnight’s rest, twenty men decided the world and its’ contents were too much for them to handle and took their lives.  This is a very serious matter and anything about it should not be taken lightly.  You ma be friends with someone on Facebook and even though you barely speak to them, they could be reaching out to the world for help.  The signs are not always evident but if you take a minute or two and just read the following, you could possibly save someone’s life before they call it quits.

  • Has this person been making references or has ever mentioned the idea of taking their life?
  • Have they been undergoing a great deal of depression?
  • Maybe you’ve checked their browser history and you notice they’ve been researching death, acts of committing suicide or even past suicides in the news?
  • Have they been acting as though nothing in the world matters to them anymore?  Do they come off as if they are invincible?
  • Someone who was once a social and bubbly individual, has now become a loner and stays to themselves a majority of the time?
  • Do they seem angry all of the time and are very quick to lash out over the slightest pushback?
  • Thing that they once held dear to them, no longer matter?

Sometimes, when we are on the outside looking in, everything could seem like there’s nothing wrong in someone’s life.  We all are guilty of that, simply because we tend to focus on what is going on within our own situations.  Hell, even I am guilty of this.  The message here is just to be more aware of what you see or hear.  A weird text or online posting just might be their last cry for help.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please reach out and talk to someone.  You are loved and we’re all here to help.  If you feel as though you cannot confide in someone you know personally, then reach out to the following resources:

Anytime you are in crisis you can call or chat with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

If you are a veteran or the family member of a veteran, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to speak with a trained crisis counselor. You may also chat online or text 838255.

Safety plans can help guide people through difficult moments and stay safe. Learn how to make your own.  The My3 App can help you stay connected to people in your support network.


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Photo: North Dallas Gazette

Statistics from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention:

i Data obtained from CDC’s Web Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
ii National Center for Health Statistics for the year 2006
iii Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide – Facts at a Glance
iv Department of Veterans Affairs 2012 Suicide Data Report

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