World Health Organization key facts. Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population. Considering these statistics do not include loss survivors, anyone can be affected regardless of age, gender, or background.
There are many signs and risk factors to look for. A few warning signs are their mood, changes in behavior, and health along with what they say and/or what they do. Conditions that increase the risk for suicide are anxiety, depression, and substance problems. Please check out the resources below for more information regarding warning signs and risk factors.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. You can also text TALK to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor if you are uncomfortable talking on the phone.
Here are just a few organizations that have more information to help with suicide prevention, but there are many more.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at http://www.afsp.org/
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness at http://www.nami.org/
- Each Mind Matters – http://www.eachmindmatters.org/spw2019/
Please contact someone today if you, a friend, or loved one are in crisis or would like support for loss survivors. We can all help prevent suicide.