September 10th Marks Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day Each Year.
Suicide rates are growing but suicide still remains a preventable act. As reported by the World Health Organization, every 40 seconds someone takes their own life. This has led suicide to become the fourth leading cause of death for those ages 15 – 29 with over 700,000 people dying by suicide worldwide each year. For each suicide, there are more than 20 attempts that often end up hospitalized. Suicide has become a global problem impacting countries considered high, middle, and low income, it does not discriminate.
Untreated and undiagnosed mental illness is a leading contributor to suicide. The World Health Organization has stated as one of their main goals “the organization of global, regional and national multi-sectoral activities to increase awareness about suicidal behaviors and how to effectively prevent them.”
The documented risk between suicide and untreated and undiagnosed mental illness shows it to be one of the leading causes of suicide. Depression and alcohol use disorders stand out among the top contributing disorders. Life crisis often leave people feeling unable to deal with the stressors of that moment, this can lead to extreme impulsive decisions such as suicide. Life crisis are not limited but may include: financial problems, divorce, break-ups, illness, an arrest, and chronic pain.
Suicidal behavior is also highly correlated with any group or individual experiencing abuse, violence, conflict, disaster, and isolation. Those experiencing these difficult scenarios often feel that they have no out and begin to lose hope for the future. Additionally, those in groups that experience discrimination are some of the most vulnerable to high suicide rates. These groups include refugees, migrants, prisoners, those of the LGBTI communities, and indigenous peoples.
We have discussed that there are many reasons that may lead to suicide, but the biggest risk factor to watch for amongst all others is found in anyone who has ever had a previous suicide attempt.
3 Ideas For Action
- Help to spread awareness of suicide and suicide attempts to aid in the conversation to reduce stigmas around suicide and mental illness to help improve the discussion around resources for those most vulnerable.
- Reach out to those you care about, especially any that you feel may be vulnerable to mental illness and suicidal tendencies and let them know that you care about them.
- If you are struggling yourself then reach out to someone you trust and let them know you are struggling. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800) 273 TALK to speak with someone.
As Depression is one of the leading contributors to suicide, we have decided to include a link to our past article entitled
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