03/26/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/26/2019 14:16
The recent deaths of two school shooting survivors has brought the topic of suicide into everyday conversations. It's important to know some facts and to know what to do if you think someone might be at risk for self-harm. A crisis can pass with time and the most important thing is to stay safe through the crisis and get help.
5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
CDC reported that more than 47,000 people died by suicide in 2017; it is the second leading cause of death among those age 10-34, and the 10th leading cause of death overall. The suicide death rate has increased in the US since 1999 , however it is still a relatively rare event resulting in approximately 14 deaths for every 100,000 people.
Suicide is Complicated
There is no single cause of suicide, it is linked to mental health conditions and stressful life experiences. It's important to reach out and talk honestly with anyone going through a difficult time.
Many stressful situations contribute to suicide among those with and without known mental health conditions. Some of the most significant contributing factors include:
The Warning Signs
These are the most common signs that someone is in emotional distress. If you are concerned, take the 5 Action Steps listed above.
A Community Effort
Suicide is a growing public health problem and the solution will take a community effort. This CDC factsheet highlights how everyone-from states, employers, and schools to the news media and friends-can have an impact on suicide prevention.
National Association of School Psychologists offers guidance for educators: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/anniversaries-of-traumatic-events-guidance-for-educators
Action Steps for News Media
Research shows that the media can influence suicide rates by the way they report on suicide. Evidence suggests that when the media tells stories of people positively coping in suicidal moments, more suicides can be prevented.
For best practices for safely and accurately reporting on suicide, please see
Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide .
If you or someone you know need immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.
The free service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend's social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.