This morning I happened to see on the internet that today (Sept. 10) is “World Suicide Prevention Day”.
My first reaction was, shouldn’t all of us everyday be looking out for our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and such and making sure that they aren’t showing signs of being suicidal? Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to research the intent of this day.
September 10th has been designated as a day to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide. It’s an opportunity to educate people regarding the signs of suicide and risk factors, and to push for better treatment and follow-up care for individuals who attempted suicide.
Have you read any stats on suicide recently? The stats are alarming!
- Almost 3,000 people commit suicide daily–a rate of one death every 40 seconds
- Suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide
- Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among teens and young adults
- For every one successful attempt, 20 others have tried to end their lives
- Mental disorders are a major risk factor for suicide–over 90% of people who commit suicide have a mental disorder
(Source: Worldwide Health Organization)
Risk Factors for Suicide
Suicide is committed regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or occupation. It’s important to know whether a person may be at risk for suicide or not.
Some of the risk factors to look for include:
- Mental disorder
- Substance abuse
- Family history of suicide
- Previous suicide attempt
- Firearms in the home
- Chronic pain
- Being locked up in jail
- Witness the suicide of someone else
The Warning Signs of Suicide
When’s the last time that you reviewed the signs of someone who might be contemplating suicide?
Here are a few things to look for. The person:
- Constantly talks or thinks about death
- Appears depressed
- Jokes about killing himself
- Loses interest in hobbies, sports, etc.
- Gives away personal possessions
- Isn’t able to cope with the loss of a loved one
- Tells people goodbye
- Gets affairs in order
Be aware of the actions of those around you. You might just be the turning point in a person’s life, influencing him not to commit suicide but to embrace help instead.