Print Posted on 09/12/2017 in Suicide

Suicide: Myths and Facts Explored

Suicide: Myths and Facts Explored

Suicide awareness talks and education can go a long way in not only preventing the act of someone ending their lives prematurely; but they can pave the way for survivors and their families in seeking the right therapy for their condition. That’s because with awareness comes the ability to plan and cope, not only with attempted suicide, but also with suicide and its aftermath.

Startling suicide facts:

An assessment of suicides and suicide-related incidents reveals some startling facts that could help victims, their families and therapists and counselors deal with the challenges posed by suicide. Consider this:

  • While the spring season is supposed to bring new life, it ironically also brings despair and depression, leading to spikes in suicide rates in the U.S.
  • According to statistics available to researchers, whether it’s total despair or in a manic depressive mood, 1 individual commits suicide on an average of every 16.2 minutes
  • As part of an awareness strategy, parents and guardians should know that the 3rd leading cause of deaths amongst the 15 to 24-year old population is suicide! In young adults aged 24 to 35, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death
  • And yet another startling fact – one that should heighten the need for preventive therapy – is that one out of 65,000 children, in the 10 to 14 year age group, is a suicide victim every year!

When you consider that almost 30,000 Americans die each year from ending their own lives, one can make a strong case for better assessment measures and suicide prevention efforts. If physicians, therapists and counselors are able to properly diagnose potential suicides, the chances are that there might be possibilities for prevention, long before manic depressive behavior reaches a point of no return.

Therapy and preventive interventions matter

While the facts revealed above make a strong case for the potential use of appropriate prevention therapy; there are other facts that support such pre-emptive therapeutic interventions.  For instance, statistics confirm that while desolation and depression may ultimately lead to a successful suicide, the average victim will have tried 25 times before – unsuccessfully – to end their lives.

While in a manic depressive state, individuals may claim their own lives, but because no one intervened to prevent the act, statistics show that an average of 6 other individuals (parents, siblings, spouse, children, friends, loved ones) will be impacted by each suicide.

So, what do these startling facts mean?

At the very least, they give us concrete proof that suicide awareness education can, and should, be made a priority - whether it’s at Federal, State, Community, School and especially family unit level.

Additionally, it is vital that before manic depressive moods take hold of individuals, robbing them of the ability of sound reason, they or their families should be able to reach out and seek appropriate therapy for themselves or their loved ones.

With a timely assessment comes quick diagnosis, which then leads to successful intervention. Here at NearbyTherapists.Com, we have made it our mission to help you reach out to nearby professionals. Whether its therapists, psychologists, counselors, treatment/drug rehabilitation centers, or detox facilities near you; you can quickly locate the support resources to help potential suicide victims fight back – before mental fatigue and depression claims their lives. 

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