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IF YOU ARE IN DANGER OR SUICIDAL CALL 911 !!!!

Minnesota Suicide Hotlines

For National Suicide Hotlines click HERE or
call 1-800-SUICIDE OR READ THIS FIRST OR

If you feel you are in a crisis and need to speak to someone immediately
and you live in the United States, you can call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Lifeline is a free, confidential, 24 hour hotline for anyone who is going through emotional distress or is in suicidal crisis.

Check the FRONT of the phone book for one of the following:

suicide prevention
crisis intervention
hotlines - crisis or suicide
community crisis center
county mental health center
hospital mental health clinic
Call 911 and ask for help.



FACTS ABOUT SUICIDE

The majority of suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress that need to be addressed, and not just a harmless bid for attention.

A suicidal person should NOT be left alone and needs immediate mental health treatment.

***Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens throughout the United States - IT IS AN EPIDEMIC.
If depressive illnesses are left untreated, they can be fatal. Approximately 30,000 people kill themselves in the United States each year. Because of inaccurate reporting (such as recording a suicide as an accident), researchers suggest that the actual figure may be three times higher than this, meaning that in reality almost 10,000 people die each year from suicide.

Anytime you seriously entertain the thought "I would be better off dead" or "My life is worthless and my family might be in better shape collecting my life insurance," you should pick up the phone and get help.

Please read the following paragraph

Depressive illnesses can distort a person's thinking, so that they don't think clearly or rationally. They may not think that they can't be helped. Their illness can cause thoughts of hopelessness and helplessness, which may then lead to suicidal thoughts. In order to save lives, it is critical that society recognizes the warning signs of these biological diseases that cause suicide. But stigma associated with these illnesses often prevents public education and early treatment for sufferers. The topic of suicides has always been taboo. It is a subject that is misunderstood by most people, thereby allowing myths to be perpetuated.

Society has a STIGMA regarding DEPRESSION.
One of my goals is to educate people so they understand DEPRESSION is a DISEASE.

The following information was drawn from the Council on Youth Suicide Prevention, Suicide and the School, by Mckee, Jones, and Barbe, Crisis Intervention:
Using Active Listening Skills in Negotiations by Noesner and Webster, and a decade of intervention experience in Student Assistance crisis work.

General Information:

Over 44,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the United States.
Every day, approximately 121 Americans take their own life.
For every suicide, there are 25 attempts.
Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
There are four male suicides for every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide.

Youth

Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death among those 10-14 years old.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old. Causes of Death
Between the mid-1950s and the late 1970s, the suicide rate among U.S. males aged 15-24 more than tripled (from 6.3 per 100,000 in 1955 to 21.3 in 1977).
Among females aged 15-24, the rate more than doubled during this period (from 2.0 to 5.2).
The youth suicide rate generally leveled off during the 1980s and early 1990s, and since the mid-1990s has been steadily decreasing. Between 1980-1996, the suicide rate for African-American males aged 15-19 has also doubled.
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 situational stress and access to firearms.

Older People

The suicide rates for men rise with age, most significantly after age 65.
The rate of suicide in men 65+ is seven times that of females who are 65+.
The suicide rates for women peak between the ages of 45-54 years old, and again after age 75.
About 60 percent of elderly patients who take their own lives see their primary care physician within a few months of their death.
Six to 9 percent of older Americans who are in a primary care setting suffer from major depression.
More than 30 percent of patients suffering from major depression report suicidal ideation.
Risk factors for suicide among the elderly include: a previous attempt, the presence of a mental illness, the presence of a physical illness, social isolation (some studies have shown this is especially so in older males who are recently widowed) and access to means, such as the availability of firearms in the home.

Depression (Misc.)

Over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.
Depression affects nearly 10 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year, or more than 24 million people.
More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease (17 million), cancer (12 million) and HIV/AIDS (1 million).
About 15 percent of the population will suffer from clinical depression at some time during their lifetime. Thirty percent of all clinically depressed patients attempt suicide; half of them ultimately die by suicide.
Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 percent and 90 percent 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.

Frequently, case workers find that suicidal youth did not intend to die from their attempted suicide.

For every two victims of homicide in the U.S. there are three deaths from suicide.

There are now twice as many deaths due to suicide than due to HIV/AIDS.

More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease,
AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.

LINKS

Common Misconceptions About Suicide
Basic Elements To Consider When Addressing A Suicidal Young Person
Common Warning Signs of Suicidal Ideation
Common Profile Characteristics of a Suicidal Teen
How to Respond to Someone Who is Suicidal
Littleton, Colorado...The Tragedy
Cold Spring High School Shooting
Red Lake High School Shootings
A list of all School Shootings
Grief and Coping