September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Americans. 44,193 Americans die yearly due to suicide. For every one suicide, there are 25 attempts.

There aren’t single causes for suicide. It mostly occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common, then there are anxiety and substance problems.

There are risk factors and warnings signs associated with suicide. One major thing to look out for when concerned someone may be suicidal is a change in behavior or presence of new behaviors.

Talk:

If a person talks about being a burden to others, feeling trapped, experiencing unbearable pain, etc.

Behavior:

Be on the lookout for increased use of alcohol, looking for a way to kill themselves, acting recklessly, sleeping too much or too little.

Mood:

People who are suicidal often display one or more of the following moods like depression, rage, anxiety.

There are several risk factors: Health, Environmental, and Historical.

There are different levels of suicide risk.

  • Low- Some suicidal thoughts. No suicide plan. Says he or she won’t attempt suicide.
  • Moderate- Suicidal thoughts. Vague plan that isn’t very lethal. Says he or she won’t attempt suicide.
  • High- Suicidal thoughts. Specific plan that is highly lethal. Says he or she won’t attempt suicide.
  • Severe- Suicidal thoughts. Specific plan that is highly lethal. Says he or she will attempt suicide.

A suicidal person doesn’t always ask for help, but this doesn’t mean they don’t want help. 

Suicide Facts and Myths:

Myth- Talking about suicide gives someone the idea 

Fact- Openly discussing suicide is one of the most helpful things someone can do.

Myth- Suicidal people are unwilling to seek help.

Fact- Studies show that more than half of suicidal people sought help six months prior to their death.

Myth- If someone is suicide, nothing anyone can say or do is going to change that.

Fact- Most people do not want to die, they just want the pain to stop. The impulse to end it all does not last forever.

Myth- If someone tries to kill themselves they must be psychotic or crazy.

Fact- Most suicidal people are upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing, but extreme distress and emotional pain are not necessarily signs of mental illness.

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