Facts About Suicide
- Suicide was declared an epidemic in this country in 1998
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 14-25
- One in ten youths will attempt suicide; one in five will think about it as an answer to their problems
- A suicide death occurs every 15 minutes
- An estimated 5 million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves
- There are 775,000 suicide attempts every year in this country; an attempt occurs every 40 seconds
- You can NOT talk someone into suicide; talking about suicide opens the door for dialogue
- Depression is the single leading cause of suicidal thought
- Suicidal people do not really want to die -- they want to stop the emotional pain they are feeling
- Suicide can happen to people of all ages, religions, races, and socioeconomic groups.
But Suicide is Preventable!
We know that 80 percent of all people who commit suicide exhibit definite warning signs. For youth, 82-85 percent actually told someone, most often a friend, that they were thinking of suicide. Therefore, knowing the warning signs of suicide, knowing what to do to help a suicidal individual and knowing where to go for additional help could stop the majority of suicides from actually happening. EDUCATING PEOPLE about suicide is the key to prevention.