Ravenswood, WV

#1 Feb 6, 2012
With the increase of media coverage about suicide I thought I would give some statistics, risk factors, and warning signs so that we can all be aware and look out for the ones we know and love. Suicide is the 3rd most common cause of death in people from the ages of 15-14 it is the 7th leading cause of death in males and the 15th leading cause of death in females. Women are more likely to attempt suicide but men are more likely to be successful.

Risk factors
1)depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental disorders). More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have these risk factors.
2)prior suicide attempt
3)family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
4)family history of suicide
5)family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
6)firearms in the home,
the method used in more than half of suicides
8)exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures.

Warning signs
1)Talks about committing suicide
2)Had trouble eating or sleeping
3)Exhibits drastic changes in behavior
4)Withdraws from friends or social activities
5)Loses interest in school, work or hobbies
6)Prepares for death by writing a will and making final arrangements
7)Gives away prized possessions
8)Has attempted suicide before
9)Takes unnecessary risks
10)Has recently experienced serious losses
11)Seems preoccupied with death and dying
12)Loses interest in his or her personal appearance
13)Increases alcohol or drug use.

If you notice these signs in someone talk to them or tell a trusted adult or family member your fears.

If you feel like committing suicide please seek help. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness it's a sign of strength.

1 (800) 273-8255 this is the number to the suicide prevention hotline.

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