100 minutes in the United States another teenager will commit suicide.
of our letters have come from families of teenagers struggling to understand
the suicide attempts of friends or family. These are some commonly asked questions:
percentage of high school and college students who kill themselves
are male? Why do you think more/ less males than females kill
to eighty percent are male although more females attempt suicide.
Males are often more involved than females in forms of aggressive
and violent behavior and their methods tend to be more violent
Q.I've heard that suicides are more frequent around the
are not more frequent during the holidays. It appears that the
rates are the highest in April, and in June and July. (Source:
Vital Statistics of the United States). It is true, however, that
if someone is feeling alone, depressed or isolated these feelings
often intensify around the holidays.
Q. It is
often said that a suicidal person goes through a period where
he/she seeks help from other people. Does this then mean that
it COULD be ultimately the fault of other people (because they
don't appear concerned enough) that one decides to kill him/herself?
A. No way! Not a fair conclusion although it could be
a contributing factor in some cases particularly with the elderly,
or with terminally ill people.
Q. What is the most common cause of suicide among college
percent are suffering from depression. If depression is combined
with substance abuse, anxiety, anger, hopelessness, impulsivity,
and desperation, the risk of suicide increases.
Q. Besides talking to a suicidal person and encouraging
him/her to go for counseling, what else can another person or
friend do to prevent this?
A. Going with someone to the counselor often helps. If
the person won't listen to you, you may need to talk to someone
who might influence him or her. Saving a life is more important
than violating a confidence, remember that.
often get uncomfortable when one discloses something as intimate
and frightening as suicidal thoughts. What do you think can be
done to reduce this stigma, either of suicidal people, or of depressive
people? Can people actually "change" their minds and accept someone
who is suicidal?
A. As people recognize that suicidal behavior is the result
of a complex medical and psychological condition and not a sign
of weakness, it will change. It will probably take a long time
Q. What is the most frequent method of suicide? Is it
different for men and women?
A Sixty percent of all people who commit suicide kill
themselves with a firearm, accounting for more than 18,000 deaths
each year in the United States. Firearms are now the most frequent
method of suicide for men and women of all ages, including boys
and girls aged 10 to 15 years.
FYI:More than 32,000 people in the United States die by suicide.
It is the country's 8th leading cause of death, and is often characterized
as a response to a single event or set of circumstances. However,
unlike popular conceptions, suicide is a much more involved phenomenon.
factors that contribute to any particular suicide are diverse
and complex, so our efforts to understand it must incorporate
many approaches. The clinical, neurobiological, and psychosocial
aspects of suicide are some of the major lines of inquiry into
appreciation are extended to the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention for providing
information for this topic.1-888-333-AFSP
(2377) in the US.
In the United States the Suicide Hotline is: 1-800-999-9999