The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a heartbreaking report on the rise of suicide in the United States. National Public Radio reported on the CDC report today. Go here to read the news article.
Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of US states since 1999. Actual suicide is just the tip of the iceberg since, at least among adolescent girls who attempt to kill themselves (typically with drug overdose), there are as many as 90 attempts for every death. According to the American Association of Suicidology (based on a SAMHSA study), there are 25 attempts at suicide for every one success. The negative impact of these attempts on families is devastating.
You can learn about the warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. Samaritans has an excellent page if you are worried about someone you know. Other very helpful resource is the website: BeThe1to. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you are the one you are worried about, and feel comfortable reaching out, there are many of us out here who are willing to listen, and some of us have been where you find yourself now. If you can’t reach out to a friend, almost every country has some sort of suicide helpline. Almost everyone who has tried to kill themselves, and failed, remembers thinking, at the moment they took that step, that they wish they hadn't. Give yourself a chance to get through whatever hard time you're experiencing right now - talk to someone who will care about you.
Depression Understood is a Free online depression support group and information resource:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a USA national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Befrienders Worldwide is a dynamic and expanding global network of 349 emotional support centers in 32 countries, spanning 5 continents. These centers are staffed by more than 25,000 volunteers who provide vital support to an estimated 7 million service users each year. Befrienders Worldwide centers provide an open space for those in distress to talk and be heard via telephone helplines, SMS messaging, face-to-face interactions, internet chats, outreach and local partnerships.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably provides support for men affected by depression and stress in the UK, where male suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.