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Numbers We Can't Afford To Ignore and Helpful Resources for Suicidal Thoughts

Updated: Feb 23

This post as well as the last two posts contain tips, resources, and help for those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and for the loved ones who want to help but don't know how. Please read this post and the two previous posts to get as much information as you can and share it with whoever it needs to be shared with. Below are some numbers we can't afford to ignore and helpful information.

Numbers We Can't Afford To Ignore!

Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24?

In fact, nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds.

If you’re having thoughts of suicide or know someone who is, know that these thoughts are more common than you think, and there are resources available to help you get better.

For more information about suicide prevention, send me a message.

Know The Facts About Suicide

Myth: People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.

The truth is almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning.

Myth: Anyone who tries to kill themselves must be crazy.

Most suicidal people are simply upset, grief-stricken, depressed, or despairing.

Myth: If someone is determined to kill themselves, nothing is going to stop them.

This is false. Rather than wanting death, they just want the pain to stop—and the impulse to end their life does not last forever.

Myth: People who die by suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help.

Many people try to get help before attempting suicide.

Myth: Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.

The opposite is true. Talking openly and honestly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can help save a life.

Please educate yourself.

Know The Signs

Most individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts exhibit many warning signs that they are in distress. Recognizing these warning signs is the best way to prevent suicide.

Some common signs include:

- Talking about suicide

- Preoccupation with death

- No hope for the future

- Self-loathing, self-hatred

- Getting affairs in order

- Saying goodbye

- Withdrawing from others

- Self-destructive behavior

If you spot the warning signs of suicide in someone you care about, speak up. The best way to find out if someone is suicidal is to ask them outright. Allowing a suicidal person to share their feelings can provide relief from loneliness and pent-up negative emotions, and may prevent a suicide attempt.

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