Every year, suicide causes immeasurable pain, suffering and loss to individuals, families and communities nationwide. Please join us in supporting suicide prevention. Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by needless and tragic death.
Facts About Suicide
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the following figures are accurate; however, it is estimated that the actual numbers are higher, as the stigma surrounding suicide often leads to underreporting.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- One person completes suicide every 12.3 minutes
- For every suicide, 25 people attempt suicide
- More than 5 million people have been directly affected by suicide
- On average, 100 Americans die by suicide each day
- More than 8 million adults in the U.S. have had serious thoughts of suicide within the past 12 months
- Firearms account for almost 50% of all suicides
Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.
Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved. There are services available at CrossWinds Counseling & Wellness for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes.
What Leads to Suicide?
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.
Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. According to the American Association of Suicidology, a suicidal person may:
- Talk about suicide, death, and/or no reason to live
- Be preoccupied with death and dying
- Withdraw from friends and/or social activities
- Have a recent severe loss (esp. relationship) or threat of significant loss
- Experience drastic changes in behavior
- Lose interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
- Prepare for death by making out a will (unexpectedly) and final arrangements
- Give away prized possessions
- Have attempted suicide before
- Take unnecessary risks; be reckless, and/or impulsive
- Lose interest in their personal appearance
- Increase their use of alcohol or drugs
- Express a sense of hopelessness
- Be faced with a situation of humiliation or failure
- Have a history of violence or hostility
- Have been unwilling to “connect” with potential helpers
Thoughts, feelings & behaviors
Nearly everyone at some time in his or her life thinks about suicide. Most everyone decides to live because they come to realize that the crisis is temporary, but death is not. On the other hand people in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel and utter loss of control. According to the American Association of Suicidology, a suicidal people frequently:
- Can’t stop the pain
- Can’t think clearly
- Can’t make decisions
- Can’t see any way out
- Can’t sleep eat or work
- Can’t get out of the depression
- Can’t make the sadness go away
- Can’t see the possibility of change
- Can’t see themselves as worthwhile
- Can’t get someone’s attention
- Can’t seem to get control
How We Can Help
If you are experiencing any of the feelings or symptoms listed above, you are not alone. CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness is a great place to start. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved. We offer counseling services that help assess and treat suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes because we believe that one conversation can save a life.