Suicide: Know the Signs and What To Do
Suicide is a rapidly growing public health crisis: But by learning about it and reducing its stigma, you can help save lives
September 22, 2023
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States and it is actively becoming more common among particular groups. Because of this, it is important to have a discussion about why people take their lives and how to prevent suicide.
There is a dire need for education around suicidal thoughts and behaviors, with an emphasis on teaching people to recognize the signs as early as possible.
Keep Reading To Learn
- Common myths and misconceptions about suicide
- How to overcome the stigma associated with suicide
- The signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation
- How to help a loved one who is struggling or in crisis
The truth is that everyone deserves to know that their life matters and that help is available.
By definition, suicide is caused by self-harming behavior with an intent to die. Attempted suicide is a self-directed, intentional behavior with an attempt to die that does not result in death.
When people talk about “suicidal ideation,” this refers to thoughts of suicide. Some people may have thought about or devised a plan to kill themselves yet have not acted on it.
To put suicide’s impact into perspective, it leads to twice as many deaths every year as homicide.
Four people die by suicide every hour in the U.S.
Suicide isn’t just an adult concern: children struggle with suicidal thoughts and actions as well. Close to 8% of high school students report having attempted suicide at least once during the preceding year.
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