Causes of Suicide
- The death of a loved one
- Divorce, separation, or a break-up
- Losing custody of children
- A serious loss such house, money, or job
- Loss of hope
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Unresolved abuse from the past
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug Abuse
- Feeling of not being accepted by family, friends, or society
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-age , youth, and ages of 12-18
- More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than cancer, heart, disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.
- Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
- Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given warning signs
- Each year 34,598 people die by suicide in the U.S.
- An average of 94 people complete suicides each day
Suicide Warning Signs
- Killing themselves
- Having no reason to live
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Unbearable pain
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
- Acting recklessly
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people and saying goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
- Loss of Interest
What you can do to prevent suicide
Listen to them- Allow them to express their feelings. Let them do most of the talking. They will often feel a great sense of relief someone wants to talk to them about their darkest thoughts.
Check their safety- If you are really worried don't leave them alone. Remove any means of suicide including weapons, medications, drugs, alcohol, or access to a car. Also, if you are really worried then you can take them to the nearest hospital.
Decide what to do and take action- Talk about steps you can take together to keep them safe.
Ask for a promise- Thoughts of suicide may return, so ask them to promise to reach out and tell someone.
Get help- There are lots of services and people that can help and provide assistance, like the following:
- Social Worker
- Emergency Services 000
- Crisis support lines