According to the CDC, one person completes suicide every 11 minutes. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death across all ages in the United States.
It is believed that most individuals that have thoughts of suicide do want to live. They feel trapped in their current situation and want to end the pain they are experiencing. Contemplating suicide is not necessarily an indicator of mental illness, nearly everyone at some time in their life thinks about suicide. Most people decide to live because they come to realize that the crisis is temporary, but death is not. On the other hand, people in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.
When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved. There are services available in our community for individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide. Join us in supporting suicide prevention. Learn about the issues or help a suicidal person seek help.
Together, we can reduce the number of suicides in our community.