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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

According to MentalHealth.gov, the second leading cause of death of youth between the ages of 15–24 is suicide. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues young peole face, and it can trigger suicidal thoughts in some individuals. 

Statistics
  • According to the CDC there were nearly 45,000 deaths by suicide in 2016
  • Suicide deaths have increased by 30% since 1999
  • 54% of suicide victims had no prior history of mental a mental health condition
  • There were approximately 6,252 deaths by suicide by young adults (15–24) in the United States in 2017
 
Warning signs

There are many warning signs that you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. Suicide it completely preventable, but it is important to recognize the signs and take action. If you or someone you know is displaying any of these warning signs seek help immediately.

  • Conducting an Internet search for ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about or fantasizing about wanting to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Talking about being in immeasurable pain
  • Talking about feeling like a burden to others
  • Using drugs or alcohol to deal with emotions
  • Displaying reckless behavior
  • Displaying constant feelings of agitation
  • Withdrawal from regular activities
  • Displaying dramatic mood swings
 
Resources

If you, or someone you know, need(s) help, please call:
National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Trained crisis workers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you believe someone is in immediate danger, do not leave them alone. Call 911!

Read more

Article: Suicidal Behavior | MentalHealth.gov
Data report: Fatal Injury Data | Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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