Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. But there is hope. Suicide is also the most preventable form of death. With education, awareness, and conversation, we can save lives.
Did You Know?
- 1,100 college students die by suicide each year in the United States
- According to the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in the past 12 months:
- 17% of 9th-12th graders seriously considered attempting suicide
- 14% made a plan
- 8% made an attempt
- Nearly 1 in 5 students are coming into college already being treated for/diagnosed with depression and anxiety
- 1/3 of college students feel so depressed that it is difficult to function and over half experience overwhelming anxiety
Signs Someone May Need Help:
They are not hanging out with friends, hiding and avoiding social situations, and making plans not to be around. They may be having problems with peers and having trouble making friends.
- Trouble in school
They are missing classes, failing in school, having trouble concentrating, overly stressed out or anxious about school.
- Mood/behavior changes
They have changed completely, aren’t acting like themselves anymore, started smoking cigarettes recently or something else that is out of character. Their moods are all over the place and their personality and way of acting is changing dramatically.
- Seems depressed/anxious
They are sad a lot of the time, have low energy, are not taking care of their personal hygiene, having episodes of crying without an obvious reason. They are really stressed out or anxious and not coping, may be agitated and can’t handle criticism.
They are driving irresponsibly, drinking too much, using drugs to excess, using prescription drugs without medical supervision. They are hurting themselves intentionally – cutting, burning, hitting, breaking bones, choking, etc.
- “Talking suicide”
They are communicating thoughts of suicide, texting, tweeting, or saying things like: I wish I were dead; I’m going to end it all; You will be better off without me; What’s the point of living?; Soon you won’t have to worry about me; Who cares if I’m dead anyway?
- Eating issues
They are not eating or are eating to excess, lost or gained a lot of weight in a short period of time.
- Sleeping issues
They are having trouble sleeping, sleeping too much or too little.
- Experienced trauma
They recently went through a traumatic event or are experiencing distress from a past trauma and haven’t gotten help – bad break-up, death or illness of a loved one, rape or sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, etc.
- Giving away possessions
They are giving away prized possessions or valuable items like their favorite necklace, movies/music, clothing item, piece of a collection, etc.
The more signs exhibited, the greater the risk. If you see someone exhibiting these warning signs above, get help for them immediately.