Prevent Suicides: A Life Is A Terrible Thing to Waste

I have already seen and heard of more suicides than I would ever want to know about in my entire life.

If you or someone you know even shows the faintest of hints of suicidal tendencies, get help NOW. Below are some links to help you get through this period or to understand this tragic phenomenon.

Suicide Prevention

Newly discovered risk factors for suicide. The yellow ribbon program to prevent youth suicide.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention

San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) is the oldest volunteer crisis line in the United States. Founded in 1963 with the initial focus of providing telephone intervention to people experiencing suicidal crisis: 415-781-0500

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it.

Recovery Connection: Mental Health - Suicide Prevention

In the United States, more than 80 million people struggle with mental illness, substance abuse or both, which puts them at a high risk for suicide. More than 30,000 Americans kill themselves every year. Worldwide, there are about 1 million suicides every year. Suicide is ranked in the top 10 eading causes of death in the United States. Continue reading to learn how to notice the signs, precautions that can be taken, and what to do after an attempted suicide. Should you or someone you know be having suicidal thoughts, please seek help. as there is help available. (December, 2012)

Suicide Prevention data and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Injury Center: Violence Prevention

The Problem: Suicide (i.e., taking one's own life) is a serious public health problem that affects even young people. For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in approximately 4400 lives lost each year. The top three methods used in suicides of young people include firearm (46%), suffocation (37%), and poisoning (8%). Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem. More young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9-12 in public and private schools in the United States (U.S.) found that 15% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 11% reported creating a plan, and 7% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey. Each year, approximately 149,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the U.S.

Reminding Loved Ones That Life is Precious: Suicide Prevention Resources (from LifeInsuranceQuotes)

Suicide is a very serious issue that can also have serious effects on individuals, their families, and the community. While the causes of suicide are complex and multiple factors may be in play, prevention is the final goal. Simply reducing the factors that increase risk and realizing that the issue can encompass all aspects of a personís life is a start. Prevention should ideally address all areas of influence. To be effective, prevention should promote awareness and encourage social change.

Last changed: July 21, 2013

RIP W.F. Jr. (1970-1996)