Suicide is a form of self –directed behavior that results in death.
Suicide attempt: A non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior; might not result in injury.
Suicide Idea: Thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.
(Click here for details https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/definitions.html)
Facts about Suicide
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans overall and the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10–34.
- Suicide rates increased more than 30 percent in half of states since 1999.
- In 2016, nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide across the United States
- More than 1.3 million adults self-reported a suicide attempt.
- Almost 10 million adults self-reported serious thoughts of suicide. (Click here https://www.cdc.gov/Features/PreventingSuicide/index.html)
Suicide Risk Factors
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
- Alcohol and other substance use disorders
- Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
- History of trauma or abuse
- Major physical illnesses
- Previous suicide attempt(s)
- Family history of suicide
- Job or financial loss (Click for details https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/how-we-can-all-prevent-suicide/)
Suicide Warning Signs
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings (Click here https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/how-we-can-all-prevent-suicide/)
- Skills in problem-solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes
- Effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders
- Easy access to various clinical interventions and support
- Family and community support (connectedness)
- Cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support seeking help (For details click here https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/riskprotectivefactors.html)
- Psychiatric and Emergency Assistance *EMERGENCY 911
- ADAPT Mobile Crisis: 1-866-260-8000
- Dallas Police NON EMERGENCY: 214-744-4444
- Green Oaks Hospital: 972-991-9504
- Parkland Psychiatry Emergency: 214-590-8761
- Poison Help: 1-800-222-1222
Spanish Helpline: 972-233-2428
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas: 214-828-1000