Kendall Sanders

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Suicide is the act or instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally.

Causes of Suicide

Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide. Over 90 percent of people ho die by suicide have mental illness at the time of their death. Untreated mental illness is the cause for the vast majority of suicides. These illnesses include depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Negative life experiences that lead to 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
  • Bullying
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  • 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
  • Aggression


People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Loss of Interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

What you can do to prevent suicide

Reach out- Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. It needs to be a direct question that can not be interpreted. Most people with thoughts of suicide want to talk about it. They want to live, but desperately need someone to hear their pain and offer them help to keep them safe.

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:

  • Doctor
  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Emergency Services 000
  • Crisis support lines
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Coach's
  • Priest
  • Minister