Depression is the #1 predictor of suicide.
Men are 4x more likely to actually take their life by suicide.
Women are 3X more likely to struggle with depression and have suicidal thoughts.
On average, there are 117 suicides per day.
About 75% of people who attempt suicide talk about their suicidal thoughts, feelings, and plans before they act.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the world per year.
RISK FACTORS || WARNING SIGNS
4 out of 5 completed suicides give clear warning signs of their intentions beforehand. You MUST take suicide talk seriously.
Suicide Threats: Either Direct or Indirect Statements
People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide or call suicide crisis lines are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.
- “I’d be better off dead.”
- “I won’t be bothering you much longer.”
- ”You’ll be better off without me around.”
- “I hate my life.”
- “I am going to kill myself.”
- Suicide threats are not always verbal.
- Text messages
- Social networks
- Sudden, abrupt changes in personality
- Expressions of hopelessness and despair
- Declining grades and school performance
- Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Increased irritability and aggressiveness
- Withdrawal from family, friends and relationships
- Lack of hygiene
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
Previous Suicide Attempts
- One out of three suicide deaths is not the individual’s first attempt.
- The risk for completing suicide is more than 100 times greater during the first year after an attempt.
- Take any instance of deliberate self-harm seriously.
Preoccupation or Obsession with death or suicide
- Essays, writing about death
- Poems about death
- Artwork, drawings depicting death
Once the decision has been made to end their life, some young people begin making final arrangements.
- Giving away prized or favorite possessions
- Putting their affairs in order
- Saying good-bye to family and friends
- Making funeral arrangements
- Experiencing a recent loss – a loved one, relationship, job, etc.
- Increased use or abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Recent separation or divorce of parents
- Feelings of loneliness or abandonment
- Feelings of shame, guilt, humiliation or rejection
- Emotional stress and difficulties may result in physical complains, such as head-aches, stomach-aches, loss of energy, etc.
- Taking excessive risks, being reckless
- In real or serious trouble, especially for the first time
- Problems staying focused or paying attention
Remember: This is not an all-inclusive list of signs of concern. Anytime you notice behaviors that concern you, don’t hesitate or be afraid to ask questions.