By: Ivonne Martinez

About Suicide

Suicide occurs when a person ends his or her life. It is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans. But suicide deaths are only part of the problem. Suicide attempts impact a larger population—more individuals survive suicide attempts than die. And they are often seriously injured and in need of medical care. Suicide can affect an awful lot of people. It can affect even people who didn't know the victim. It can affect family members and whoever knew him/her.There are far more suicides each year than homicides. In fact, from 2008 - 2010, the number of suicides has been more than twice that of homicides.

Problems That Lead to Suicide

  • Older adults contemplating suicide do not cite depression as the primary reason. More often, they blame their struggles with illness, disability, financial concerns, family difficulties and bereavement for their suicidal thoughts.
  • Untreated mental illness (including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and others) is the cause for the vast majority of suicides.
  • The following all lead to suicide (not always):
  • The death of a loved one. A divorce, separation, or breakup of a relationship. Losing custody of children, or feeling that a child custody decision is not fair. A serious loss, such as a loss of a job, house, or money. A serious illness. A terminal illness. A serious accident. Chronic physical pain. Intense emotional pain. Loss of hope. Being victimized (domestic violence, rape, assault, etc.) A loved one being victimized (child murder, child molestation, kidnapping, murder, rape, assault, etc.).Physical abuse. Verbal abuse. Sexual abuse. Unresolved abuse (of any kind) from the past. Feeling "trapped" in a situation perceived as negative. Feeling that things will never "get better." Feeling helpless. Serious legal problems, such as criminal prosecution or incarceration. Feeling "taken advantage of. Inability to deal with a perceived "humiliating" situation. Inability to deal with a perceived "failure." Alcohol abuse. Drug abuse. A feeling of not being accepted by family, friends, or society. A horrible disappointment. Feeling like one has not lived up to his or her high expectations or those of another. Bullying. (Adults, as well as children, can be bullied.)Low self-esteem

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We prevent suicide from occurring. We are just one phone call away from saving a life.

Things to Keep Away from People who are in Suicidal Toughts

We should know what to do in case someone has those suicidal thoughts. Always make sure that you talk to them first and not ignore them in anyway. If they don't change there mind, give them all the love you can. Here are some things you should keep locked in case you're not home or your're not around to keep them from suicide.