The statistics are staggering!
According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States – more than 47,500 deaths in 2019 attributed to suicide. That is one death by suicide every 11 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34 And the rate of suicide increased 33% between 1999 and 2019.
Suicide impacts people of all ages, gender, and ethnicities with clear indications that victims of violence and sexual assault are at higher risk. Suicide is identified as a national health problem and prevention includes efforts directed at helping people recognize the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and getting help for those who need it. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides the following warning signs and behaviors:
- Increased alcohol and drug use
- Aggressive behavior
- Withdrawal from friends, family and community
- Dramatic mood swings
- Impulsive or reckless behavior
Suicidal behaviors are a psychiatric emergency. If you or a loved one starts to take any of these steps, seek immediate help from a health care provider or call 911:
- Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon
- Giving away possessions
- Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
Don’t be afraid to talk about it – knowing that someone cares is a huge step in helping others!
And as always, BHS’s compassionate providers experienced in mental health can be there for you when you or your loved ones need it most. Call us at 702-608-1976