Health & Environment

Suicide Rates at Thirty Year High in the United States

Several high-profile cases of suicide in the past week have led to a push for more conversation and awareness surrounding suicides. Suicide rates are at a 30-year high in the United States and is the tenth leading cause of death in the country. 54% of suicide deaths are not related to mental health issues.

A suicidal act is defined as attempted violence directed against one’s own person.

Risk factors include:

  • previous suicide attempts
  • family history of suicide
  • depression or other mental health issues
  • problems with alcohol and other drugs
  • being between the ages of 15-24 or over age 60
  • having a medical illness

Warning signs include:

  • thinking about harming/killing one’s self
  • having a plan to harm or kill one’s self
  • feeling empty or hopeless
  • feeling unbearable pain from either a medical of mental health issue
  • increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • being withdrawn

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, seek help as soon as possible.

Call the suicide prevention help line 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call your health care provider or get to an emergency department.

2 Replies to “Suicide Rates at Thirty Year High in the United States

  1. 1-800-273-8255 call this number up to save your life we’re better than that would you rather fall off a window or enjoy a delicious dinner with family don’t crack up I want everyone to succeed

  2. I agree ,their is help out there and getting help is the first step. The two “celebrity suicides” Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain had it all or so everyone thought. Fame ,fortune ,success, fans each had a young daughter but the dark place that they were in mentally was apparently too much to handle.Sad.Sometimes you don’t know the roof is leaking until you live under it.

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