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Warning Signs

Monday, December 09, 2013

Warning Signs

In a previous Blog, I talked about depression. Depression, if left untreated, can be lethal. I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of numbers but I want to share some stats with you to make the point of how significant this issue is.

In a previous Blog, I talked about depression. Depression, if left untreated, can be lethal. I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of numbers but I want to share some stats with you to make the point of how significant this issue is. Look at the following most recent data from 2010.

U.S.A. SUICIDE: 2010 OFFICIAL FINAL DATA
  Number Per Day Rate % of Deaths
Nation 38,364 105.1 12.4 1.6
Males 30,277 83 20 2.5
Females 8,087 22.2 5.2 0.7
Whites 34,690 95 14.1 1.6
Nonwhites 3,674 10.1 5.8 1
Blacks 2,144 5.9 5.1 0.7
Elderly (65+ yrs.) 5,994 16.4 14.9 0.3
Young (15-24 yrs.) 4,600 12.6 10.5 15.6

Group (Number of Suicides) Rate
White Male (27,422) 22.6
White Female (7,268) 5.9
Nonwhite Male (2,855) 9.4
Nonwhite Female (819) 2.5
Black Male (1,755) 8.7
Black Female (389) 1.8
Hispanic (2,661) 5.3
Native Americans (469) 11.0
Asian/Pacific Islanders (1,061) 6.2

Prepared for AAS by John L. McIntosh, Ph.D. & Christopher W. Drapeau, M.A. 

American Association of Suicidology • 5221 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. • Washington, DC 20015 • (202) 237-2280

There are several warning signs to be aware of. Here is a sampling:

Talking about suicide

Any talk about suicide, dying, or self-harm, such as "I wish I hadn't been born," "If I see you again..." and "I'd be better off dead."

Seeking out lethal means

Seeking access to guns, pills, knives, or other objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

Preoccupation with death

Unusual focus on death, dying, or violence. Writing poems or stories about death.

No hope for the future

Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and being trapped ("There's no way out"). Belief that things will never get better or change.

Self-loathing, self-hatred

Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, and self-hatred. Feeling like a burden ("Everyone would be better off without me").

Getting affairs in order

Making out a will. Giving away prized possessions. Making arrangements for family members.

Saying goodbye

Unusual or unexpected visits or calls to family and friends. Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again.

Withdrawing from others

Withdrawing from friends and family. Increasing social isolation. Desire to be left alone.

Self-destructive behavior

Increased alcohol or drug use, reckless driving, unsafe sex. Taking unnecessary risks as if they have a "death wish."

Sudden sense of calm

A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed can mean that the person has made a decision to commit suicide.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the above signs, CALL US NOW, DON’T WAIT! Our number is 573-860-1601(02). A caring staff person is waiting to talk to you.

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