What Do You Know About Suicide?
IMO, suicide IS a long-term solution for what may be a
short-term problem. Who are you to say that there will not be a
scientific or spiritual breakthrough within a matter of
If you take your life there are no choices left.
I am not patronizing you. I have been suicidal on many occasions. I
am here giving testimony that even though the depression,
hopelessness and so very tired feelings can still be part of your
life from time to time, what you can decide is that: "Suicide
is no longer an option!"
If you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read
this by "Clicking Here"
Suicide was the 8th leading cause of death in the United States
during 1997. More than 30,000 people die annually in the U.S.
Suicidal people are often depressed but there are neurobiological
and psychological aspects to understand also.
Facts About Suicide
Studies indicate that the best way to prevent suicide is
through the early recognition and treatment of depression
and other psychiatric illnesses.
True or false? Most people who talk about killing themselves rarely
Illness and Suicide
Over 30,000 people in the United States kill
themselves every year.
Accounting for 1.3% of all deaths, suicide is the
eighth leading cause of death in the U.S.
A person dies by suicide about every eighteen
minutes in the U.S. An attempt is made an estimated
once a minute.
There are more than four male suicides for every
female suicide. However, at least twice as many
females as males attempt suicide.
Every day, approximately eighty-six Americans take
their own life, and 1500 attempt
There are an estimated eight to twenty-five
attempted suicides to one completion.
Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death among
all those 5-14 years old.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among
all those 15-24 years old.
The suicide rate for white males aged 15-24 has
tripled since 1950, while for white females it has
more than doubled. Among persons aged 10-14 years, the
rate has increased by 100%.
Between 1980-1996, the suicide rate for
African-American males aged 15-19 increased 105%.
Risk factors for suicide among the young include
suicidal thoughts, psychiatric disorders (such as
depression, impulsive aggressive behavior, bipolar
disorder, certain anxiety disorders), drug and/or
alcohol abuse and previous suicide attempts, with the
risk increased if there is also access to firearms and
The suicide rates for men are relatively constant
from ages 25-64, but increase significantly after age
65. White men 85 and older have a suicide rate that is
six times that of the overall national rate.
The suicide rates for women peak between the ages of
45-64 years old, and do so again after age 75.
Most elderly patients who complete suicide see their
physicians within a few months of their death and more
than a third within the week of their suicide.
Eight to 20 percent of older Americans and up to 37
percent in primary care settings experience symptoms
of minor depression. Among those aged 65 and over,
many as 3 out of 100 suffer from clinical depression.
Risk factors for suicide among the elderly include
the presence of a mental illness — especially
depression and alcohol abuse; the presence of a
physical illness; social isolation – especially
being widowed in males; and the availability of
firearms in the home.
Over 60% of all people who die by suicide suffer
from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who
are depressed, this figure rises to over 75%.
More Americans suffer from depression than coronary
heart disease (7 million), cancer (6 million), and
Depression affects nearly 10 percent of Americans
ages 18 and over in a given year, or more than 19
million people in 1998.
About 15% of the population will suffer from
clinical depression at some time during their
lifetime. Thirty percent of all clinically depressed
inpatients attempt suicide.
Depression is among the most treatable of
psychiatric illnesses. Some estimates suggest that
between 80% and 90% of people with depression respond
positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain
some relief from their symptoms. But first, depression
has to be recognized.
ALCOHOL AND SUICIDE
96% of alcoholics who die by suicide continue their
substance abuse up to the end of their lives.
Alcoholism is a factor in about 30% of all completed
Approximately 7 percent of those with alcohol
dependence will die by suicide.
Click here to read an article about alcoholism
and suicide risk.
FIREARMS AND SUICIDE
Although most gun owners reportedly keep a firearm
in their home for “protection” or “self
defense,” 83% of gun related deaths in these homes
are the result of a suicide, often by someone other
than the gun owner.
Death by firearms is the fastest growing method of
Firearm suicide accounts for nearly 57 percent of
all firearm deaths in this country — more than any
other cause of firearm injury deaths.
White males aged 85 years and over account for the
highest rate for suicide by firearms.
MEDICAL ILLNESS AND
Patients who desire an early death during a serious
or terminal illness are usually suffering from a
treatable depressive condition.
People with AIDS have a suicide risk up to 20 times
that of the general population.
Certain Psychiatric Problems
Substance Abuse (alcoholism, drug abuse)
Personality Disorders, especially Borderline,
Situational Risk Factors
Stressful Life Events (e.g. death
of a loved one, recent loss of employment)
Loss or Disruption of Normal Social Support
Networks (e.g. divorce, unemployment, migration)
Absent or Inadequate Social Support Networks
(This often develops from other risk factors
such as recent stressful life events or leads to
risk factors such as clinical depression.)
The contagion hypothesis suggests that
exposure to suicide or suicidal behavior by
other may be a risk factor for suicide.
Most commonly applied to suicide clusters seen
among teenagers and young adults.
Individuals who attempt or complete
suicide often have a significant family
history of suicidal behaviors.
Twin studies suggest a genetically
based risk for suicide that my be
inherited independently of major
A clear relationship has been demonstrated
between low concentrations of the serotonin
metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleactic acid (5-HIAA)
in cerebrospinal fluid and an increased
incidence of attempted and completed suicide
in psychiatric patients. This association also
may hold true for individuals with a
personality disorder or with schizophrenia.
Ready Accessibility of Firearms
Firearms are the most frequently used method
Firearm suicides often are immediately fatal
leaving minimal opportunity for post-attempt
Firearms both limit the pre-attempt
opportunity for intervention by others
Gender: Males are three to five times more likely
to commit suicide than females.
Age: While most suicides occur among persons
less than 40 years of age, the Caucasian
elderly population displays the highest rate
The comments contained in this website are based
on professional advice, published experience, and
expert opinion, but do NOT represent therapeutic
recommendation or prescription. For specific
information and advice, consult your personal
False - Most suicide victims have indicated their
intentions at some point so their statements should be taken
*Rates are based on 1998 United States statistics
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National
Center for Health Statistics)