Awareness

This year from September 8-14, 2019, we celebrate Youth Suicide Prevention Week!

This topic is very important as the school year begins, especially students who constantly deal with bullying, aside from the correlation suicide has with mental health. Suicide is PREVENTABLE. Today (September 10th), we celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day. We need to know the signs when a loved one or close friend shows red flags that may lead to a suicide so we can continue to help save a life!

Here are some alarming statistics related to suicide and mental health:

  • Every 28 seconds, someone attempts suicide
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15-24
    • According to a 2015 Youth Risks Behavior Survey, 8.6% of high schoolers had attempted suicide in the last 12 months.
      • Girls attempted at approximately two times the rate of boys
      • Members of the LGBTQIA teens were 5x more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers
        • 40% of those identifying as transgender have attempted suicide in their lifetim
  • American Indian and Alaskan Natives are at the highest risk of suicide
  • Male Suicide Rates are More Than 3x that of Females
    • men are more likely to face stigma when discussing their mental health, and thus are less likely to seek out support when struggling
  • People in Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming are almost 2x as likely to die by suicide compared to the national average

KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS!!!

When someone is contemplating suicide, they may show changes in the way they act, think, or behave.  

Suicidal Behavior: What People Contemplating Suicide Might Say

Someone with suicidal thoughts may talk about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others 
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain (physical or emotional)

Suicidal Behavior: What People Contemplating Suicide Might Do

Someone actively contemplating suicide might act impulsively or recklessly. It might look like:

  • Drinking more alcohol and using drugs
  • Looking for ways to end their lives, including searching online for possible methods
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating themselves from family, friends, and loved ones
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Saying goodbye to others
  • Giving away valued possessions
  • Becoming aggressive

Suicidal Behavior: How People Contemplating Suicide Might Feel

Someone thinking about ending their life might struggle with many overwhelming emotions. These include feeling:

  • Depressed
  • Anxious
  • Uninterested 
  • Irritable
  • Humiliated
  • Agitated
  • Enraged
  • Tired

IT IS UP TO DO OUR PART AND MAKE SURE WE CHECK ON OUR LOVED ONES TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT AT RISK OF COMMITTING SUICIDE. ALTHOUGH THESE STATISTICS MAY SOUND ALARMING, TOGETHER WE CAN BRING CHANGE TO THIS TRENDING EPIDEMIC.

Source: https://www.crisistextline.org/blog/change-the-stats