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Suicide Information


I had to do a project about suicide. I am thinking about making a whole new category for suicide, to  put together posts that mention suicide and even make a page that has helpful links.

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taken from: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/suicide.html

  • Girls attempt suicide more often than guys, but guys are about four times more likely to succeed when they try to kill themselves. This is because guys tend to use more deadly methods, like guns or hanging.
  • More than half of all suicides involve a gun.

Taken from: http://peoplepreventsuicide.org/suicide-fact-sheet/

  • There are over 30,000 suicides in the U.S. each year; about one completed suicide each 16 minutes and one attempt every minute.
  • Two third of suicidal deaths occur in the first attempt.
  • About 5% of people who engage in deliberate self harm (e.g., cutting) die by suicide within 5-10 years.
  • More than 90% of persons who complete suicide have a mental disorder at the time of death, most commonly depression, alcohol abuse, or both.
  • Each sucide death intimately and profoundly affects at least six people.
  • Suicides by method: 55% Firearm  17% Posioning 20% Suffocation 6% Other/Unspecified 2% Cut/Pierce  1999-2003

Taken from: www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewpage&page_id=050fea9f-b064-4092-b1135c3n70de1fda

General:

  • Over 36,000 people in the U.S. die by suicide every year.
  • Every day, approximately 99 Americans take their own life.
  • A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes.
  • Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Estimated 8-25 attempted suicides for every suicide death

Youth:

  • Suicide is the 6th leading caouse of death among those 5-14 years old.
  • Suicide is 3rd leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old.

Depression:

  • Depression affects nearly 10% of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year, or more than 24 million people.
  • Over 60% of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75%

Alcohol and Suicide:

  • Alcoholism is a factor in about 30% of all completed suicides.

Firearms and Suicide:

  • Firearms are used in more suicides than homocides.

Taken from: www.yspp.org/about_suicide/statistics.htm

  • Over 30% of LGBTQ youth report at least one suicide attempt within the last year.
  • An average of 2 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 kill themselves each week in Washington State.

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I encourage you if you would like to learn more  to ask a teacher or read a book in the library,  some websites are not accurate. Maybe talking to a guidance counselor can help.    The next post will be more suicide information.

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