In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, the Youth Project wanted to acknowledge teens and adults who are struggling with depression and suicidal ideation, as well as those who have been affected by suicide, and suicide survivors. We are here for you, we support you.
Mental health, depression and suicide are topics most people are uncomfortable discussing but with education and compassion, we can create a safe environment for those struggling.
Some quick stats:
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the US for ages 10 -24
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the US for ages 45-59
- Veterans comprise 22.2% of suicides
- There is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes
- Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year
- Suicide takes the lives of over 40,000 Americans every year
- Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment
- 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication
- An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors
- There is one suicide for every estimated 8 – 25 suicide attempts
- There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly
How can you help?
Know the signs and the resources available to you.
People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.
If a person talks about:
- Killing themselves
- Having no reason to live
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Unbearable pain
A person’s suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it’s related to a painful event, loss, or change.
- 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 to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods.
- Loss of interest
If you are worried about someone, there is always help!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 (800) 273-8255