Did You Know?

Over 42,000 people die by suicide each year
 
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
 
There are more suicides annually in our country than homicides by 3:1
 
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24
 
The suicide rate is the highest in the 40-59 age group
 
The ratio for male to female suicide is 4:1
 
Each suicide leaves behind an estimated 8-10 survivors (relatives and friends) who are left to struggle with the devastating consequences and emotional turmoil
 
Suicide is the most misunderstood death in America; 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death
 
Suicide affects all levels of our socioeconomic culture and is not a moral issue but a health issue
 
Suicide is not a choice as choice implies that a suicidal person can reasonably look at alternatives and consequences
  
Most suicidal people give definite warnings of their intentions as they don't want to die, they only want to stop the pain; healthy people don't kill themselves
 
The #1 cause of suicide is untreated or inadequately treated depression
 
Depression is a serious brain disease that is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals which affect how a person thinks, feels and behaves; they are incapable of reasoning or looking at things objectively
 
Depression is not a weakness or character flaw- people can't "just snap out of it"
 
Depression is the most misdiagnosed disease in America
 
One out of every 6 people will suffer with depression in their lifetime
 
Depression can lead to death like cancer, heart disease or any other life-threatening disease can if not properly treated
 
Depression can run in families like other diseases as people inherit a genetic predisposition to mental illness as they do to diabetes or heart disease
 
Depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, commonly referred to as 'mental illnesses', are actually biological diseases of the brain
 
There are approximately 22 veterans who die by suicide every day
 
The stigma of mental illness and the lack of parity for mental health coverage by insurance companies often keep people from getting the help they need
 
Depression is the most expensive illness for employers- it costs them billions of dollars a year in lost productive time
 
In 1997, the U.S. Congress declared suicide a national problem and suicide prevention a national priority
 
In 1999, the U.S. Surgeon General declared suicide a serious public health problem and stated that suicide occurs in the presence of mental illness or substance abuse problems- he said that suicide is an enormous trauma for millions of Americans and has implemented a program called the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
 
In 2003, scientists identified a gene that causes depression and this finding could help revolutionize the treatment of this disease