World Suicide Prevention Day

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I wanted to write something deep or touching, something related to how this is a cause that is near and dear to me, but sometimes the statistics, the facts, speak for themselves:

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
  • Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide
  • For every suicide, there are 25 attempts
  • Men die by suicide 3.53 times more often than women
  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling helpless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

We can all help prevent suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Suicide Lifeline (USA) at 800-273-8255 or text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.

For more information, visit the following websites:

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #WSPD #Suicide #SuicidePrevention #YouAreNotAlone #WeAreInThisTogether #EveryLifeMatters

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