Suicide Statistics and Facts

“People who express suicidal feelings are least likely to act on them.”

Bridgewater, N.J. (September 20, 2013) –Below are some interesting statistics and facts about Suicide brought to you by Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) organization

*Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year. *Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care. *There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS. *Suicide rates in the United States are highest in the spring. *Over half of all suicides are completed with a firearm. *80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully. *15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide. *There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion. *1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year. *Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide. *The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression. *Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 15th). (CDC) *Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC) *An average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. (CDC, AAS) *There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS) *Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention. *Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness. *According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana).

Suicides can be 100% preventable. If you or someone you know are suffering from suicidal thoughts please seek immediate attention. GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the importance of a healthy lifestyle. GenPsych offers a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program which isa structured therapeutic treatment that emphasizes balance between acceptance and change. DBT helps reduce impulsive behaviors, such as suicidality, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disordered behavior, aggression, isolation, rumination, dissociation, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

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