Did you know that, in the United States, one person completes suicide every 14 minutes? Or it’s estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have been directly affected by a suicide? Or that 50% of all persons who die by suicide use a firearm, kept in the home allegedly for safety, to kill themselves? 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 in our community for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes.

Please join the San Luis Valley Community Mental Health Center in supporting suicide prevention.

Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.

In 2010, the latest year for which we have data in the U.S.:

  • More than 38,000 people died by suicide.
  • An average of 101.1 individuals per day (one per 14.2 minutes) will die by suicide
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with a rate of 12.0 per 100,000.
  • Males complete suicide at a rate 3.85 times that of females; however, females attempt suicide three times more often than males.
  • The suicide rates for Whites are approximately twice those of non-Whites.
  • Mental health diagnoses are generally associated with a higher rate of suicide.

The risk for suicide is increase in depressed and alcoholic individuals.

  • Feelings of hopelessness are found to be more predictive of suicide risk than depression per se.
  • The vast majority of individuals who are suicidal often display clues and warning signs.

Youth (ages 15-24):

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death; only accidents and homicides are more frequent.
  • The 2010 rate was 10.45 per 100,000 (a total of 4,600).
  • One youth completes suicide every 2 hours, which is about 12 each day.
  • Males die by suicide over 4 times than that of female youth.

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