Guys it’s September, and that means it’s “Suicide Prevention Month!” Suicide Prevention is important to me because very special people in my life have attempted and/or thought about ending it all. However, this blog post is not to speak on my experiences but to educate you guys on the facts of suicide and how to help prevent it.
Here are 10 facts about suicide that you may not know:
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages
- Everyday approximately 123 Americans die by suicide
- Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year
- Suicide among males is 4x’s higher than females
- Men represent 79% of all US Suicides
- Females are more likely to have suicidal thoughts
- Females attempt suicide 3x’s as often as males.
- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual kids are 3x more likely than straight kids to attempt suicide at some point in their lives
- African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual attempt suicide at especially high rates
- There is a strong link between suicide and depression
- Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year
- 7 in 100,000 youths ages 15 to 19 die by suicide each year
- Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds
You can read more facts at SAVE.org (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
Some warning signs to look for:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
According to helpguide.org, these are some prevention tips that you can do:
- Speak Up!
- Respond quickly in a crisis
- “Those at the highest risk for committing suicide in the near future have a specific suicide PLAN, the MEANS to carry out the plan, a TIME SET for doing it, and an INTENTION to do it”
- Offer help and support
- Get professional help
- Be proactive
- Encourage positive lifestyle changes
- Remove potential means of suicide: pills, weapons, etc
- Never stop giving help and support, it is detrimental to the other person to know that they are loved and needed
I say this with my whole heart, if anyone out there is reading this and is contemplating suicide or just needs someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to write to me. I am always available to listen and be there for you. If you feel like you have no one else to turn to, I’ll be here.
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can private message me on Instagram: official_drizzydre or dretalks_
Remember to check on your friends and tell them that you’re here for them and that you love them. You never know what someone may be going through.
If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress or contemplating suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK( 8255)