Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (It is always September 10 with the week, Sunday through Sunday, surrounding it as the celebrated week). I wanted to share some statistics** as well as ways that you can help to make a difference.
– Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
– It is estimated that there are 8 – 25 attempts per death.
– It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in the US.
– Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
– Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people age 15-24.
– 80% of people who seek help are treated successfully.
– The rate of depression is twice as high for Americans making less than $24,000 a year than it is for those who earn above $60,000
Some things you can do to help…
– It is up to all of us to de-stigmatize mental health issues so spread the word and encourage people to get help.
– Learn to recognize the signs of suicide and depression.
– Depression lies. do not believe these lies.
– Everything is replaceable, except you.
– You are loved and needed in the world.
Check out more of my suicide, depression, and mental health awareness posters.