The Truth About Suicide
Worldwide there are more deaths due to suicide than to accidents, homicides and war combined.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans. Approximately 34,000 people kill themselves each year. More people survive suicide attempts than actually die, nationally someone dies by suicide every 15 minutes, someone will attempt suicide every 40 seconds.
There is a wide belief that it is the youth that complete suicide at the highest rates in the United States. This is untrue, white males, over the age of 65 currently have the highest rate of suicide.
There are approximately four male suicides for every female suicide. However three women attemp for each male attempt. There are an estimated 8 to 25 suicide attempts for every one completed suicide.
Over 90 percent of people who die by suicide had at least one psychiatric illness at the time of their death. Depression is currently one of the top causes of disability in the world today. 80 percent of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully, however many that attempt suicide or deal with clinical depression do not seek professional help. Unfortunately those that do seek help do not always get effective treatment. Make sure to speak to your healthcare provider about treatment options. Early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses appears to be the best way to prevent suicide.
Myths and Facts of Suicide
- Myth: Most suicides occur with little or no warning.
- Fact: Most people will communicate warning signs or suicidal intent by how they are reacting or feeling. about stressful events or blatent statements about not wanting to "be around for this".
- Myth: If you talk about suicide with someone you will give them the idea to complete suicide.
- Fact: Talking about suicide does not create or increase a risk that someone will make a suicide attempt.
- Myth: Non-fatal attempts are only attention getting behaviors
- Fact: For some people suicide attempts are serious invitations to others to help them live. If not addressed a suicide attempt can lead to suicide.