(statistics from the Center for Disease Control)

In 2013, there were 41, 149 deaths by suicide in the United States. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death; homicide ranks 16th. It is the second leading cause of death for 15-24-year-olds.

For each completed suicide, there are approximately 10 suicide attempts by adults and 100 attempted suicides by teens.

More men than women die by suicide.

73% of all suicide deaths are Caucasian males.

80% of all firearm suicide deaths are Caucasian males.

Among the highest rates are suicide deaths for Caucasian men over 85. Females are more likely than males to have had suicidal thoughts.

Females experience depression at roughly 2x’s the rate of men.

Females attempt suicide 3x’s as often as males

The number of survivors of those who die by suicide in Mississippi is about 2,000 each year. Those left behind often need support and counseling to help them cope with the loss and trauma of suicide.

If someone tells you that they are thinking about suicide, you should take their distress seriously, listen nonjudgmentally, and help them get to a professional for evaluation and treatment.

Individuals sometimes consider suicide when they feel hopeless and helpless. They are unable to see alternative solutions to problems due to depression, whether clinical or situational. Other factors that may lead to suicide are untreated mental and emotional disorders. Thoughts of suicide are most likely to occur during times of overwhelming stress accompanied by feelings of despair.

If someone is in imminent danger of harming himself or herself, do not leave the person alone. Seek help immediately from a mental health professional or facility. Or call the Suicide Help Line at 1-800-784-2433 or 911.

When someone is in a suicidal crisis, it is important to limit the access to firearms or other means of self-harm.

At Summit Counseling, we can help with both individuals who are dealing with suicidal thoughts as well as helping the survivors who are left behind after a loved one does by suicide.

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
…I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Psalm 56:8-13

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