Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I have had people close to me who have dealt with depression and suicidal ideation (thoughts). I have multiple friends who have lost loved ones to suicide. I have ministered to more people than I can count who reached out to me and my ministry when they were contemplating suicide. Thankfully, many wrote back later to tell me how grateful they were to have someone there to listen and tell them life was worth hanging on to for one more day. Some I had to reach out to the police to intervene, but even after that, people were grateful for the intervention. They really didn't want to die...they just wanted the pain they were feeling to end and at that moment, they didn't have any hope that things could get better...but things did get better and they were grateful that they were still here to see how good things could be.
I have dealt with people of all ages who felt like the only way to end their pain was to take their lives...from children to grandparents. They came from all walks of life, from all around the world. I have seen up close and personal, the aftermath and destruction of the lives of those who are left behind after someone makes that irrevocable decision. Depression and mental health issues can affect anyone. It is nothing to be ashamed of and there are countless people and organizations that are working tirelessly to help remove the stigma that is attached to these issues. I've personally known many people who have triumphed over their struggles and gone on to lead healthy, vibrant lives they could never have imagined. If you or someone you know suffers with depression or suicidal ideation, please seek help. There is hope! You are not alone. There are people who care!
- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, accounting for more than 1% of all deaths. It is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-24.
- More years of life are lost to suicide than to any other single cause except heart disease and cancer
- 44,000 Americans die by suicide each year. There are 13.8 deaths by suicide per 100,000 persons each year.
- There is one death by suicide for every 25 attempts
- 40% of persons who complete suicide have made a previous attempt. Nine of out ten people who attempt suicide and survive, do not go on to complete suicide at a later date.
- Previous suicide attempts serve as a risk factor for completed suicide. Suicide risk is 37% higher in the first year after deliberate self-harm than in the general population. Older white adults have triple the suicide risk than younger, non-white adults.
- Suicide rates are highest among adults between 45 and 64 at 19.6 percent. The second highest rate is 19.4 among those 85 years or older. Compared with middle-aged older adults, younger populations have consistently lower suicide rates. While males are four times more likely to do die by suicide, females are three times more likely to attempt suicide.
- Those with substance abuse disorders are six times more likely to complete suicide than those without. The rate of completed suicide among men with alcohol/drug abuse problems is 2-3 times higher than among those without a problem. Women who abuse substances are at 6-9 times higher risk of suicide compared to women who do not have a problem- from Mental Health America
If you are feeling suicidal, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- Use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat.
Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.
Here is a place where you can chat online. All volunteers are trained in crisis intervention: https://www.imalive.org/
Here is an online resource for free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners.
All conversations are deleted. http://www.7cupsoftea.com/
FOR A LIST OF INTERNATIONAL HOTLINES BY COUNTRY GO TO http://www.befrienders.org/
1-877 838-2838 1-877-Vet2Vet Veterans peer support line
1-800 784-2432 .....1-800-SUICIDA Spanish speaking suicide hotline
Teen to Teen peer counseling hotline 1-877 968-8454 .....or text teen2teen to 839863.
1-800-GRADHLP Grad student hotline
1-800 773-6667 .....1-800-PPD-MOMS Post partum depression hotline
For more info and resources please check out this link: http://www.hopeforthebrokenhearted.com/suicide/