It’s the act of intentionally causing one’s own death.
According to the CDC, after cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more loss of life than any other cause of death.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW?
According to the Jason Foundation, more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
According to the CDC’s 2015 statistics, 17 percent of students seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months (22.4 percent of females and 11.6 percent of males).
Each day, in the U.S., there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12 to take their own life.
Are there warning signs for suicide?
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Do people who threaten suicide just want the attention?
People who threaten suicide should always be taken seriously. It may well be that they want attention in the sense of calling out for help, and giving them this attention may save their life.
HOW TO GET HELP
If you know someone who is considering suicide, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get your loved one to seek immediate help from his or her doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911. Remove any access he or she may have to firearms or other potential tools for suicide, including medications.
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.
Talk to a trusted adult such as a parent, physician or counselor.