FACTS ON SUICIDE

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Quick Facts:

  • 70% of people who die by suicide tell someone about it in advance, and most are not in treatment.
  • Those who have made serious attempts are at much higher risk for actually taking their lives. Between 20 and 40% of people who kill themselves have previously attempted suicide.
  • Nearly 50% of suicide victims have a positive blood alcohol level.
  • Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed.
  • Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often is expressed instead as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyable.
  • Sometimes those contemplating suicide talk as if they are saying goodbye or going away forever.

RESOURCES AND OTHER FACT SHEETS

suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Provided by:

Screening for Mental Health, Inc.