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Suicide Statistics | Prevention (QPR) | Postvention (Survivor Support) | Resource Guide
Why Do People Attempt Suicide?

A suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person's life. No matter the race or age of the person; how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people who die by suicide have a mental or emotional disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression; often undiagnosed, untreated or undertreated.
Quick Fact

suicide prevention Warning Signs of Someone Considering Suicide

Any one of the following signs does not necessarily mean the person is considering suicide, but any sign(s) may signal a need for help and should be taken seriously.

bulletVerbal suicide threats such as, "You'd be better off without me." or "Maybe I won't be around"
bulletExpressions of hopelessness and helplessness
bulletPrevious suicide attempts
bulletDaring or risk-taking behavior
bulletPersonality changes
bulletGiving away prized possessions
bulletLack of interest in future plans
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Remember: Eight out of ten people considering suicide give some sign of their intentions. People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide, or call suicide crisis centers are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.

bulletTrust your instincts that the person may be in trouble
bulletTalk with the person about your concerns. Communication needs to include LISTENING
bulletAsk direct questions without being judgmental. Determine if the person has a specific plan to carry out the suicide. The more detailed the plan, the greater the risk
bulletGet professional help, even if the person resists
bulletDo not leave the person alone
bulletDo not swear to secrecy
bulletDo not act shocked or judgmental
bulletDo not counsel the person yourself
(SOURCE: Mental Health America) More Facts
Watch the suicide prevention video!
MHA Volunteer Angela Oakes and MHA Compeer Program Director Sal Caraco share a passion for suicide prevention. Both are featured in the suicide prevention video, "This Will Pass." Watch the 15 minute video.

To learn more about preventing suicide, contact the MHA to schedule Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training. This gatekeeper training can be offered in as little as one hour and can help anyone recognize a crisis and warning signs that someone may to contemplating suicide. Like CPR, the application of QPR may save a life!

1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 911.