Did You Know?

Over 48,000 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 middle-aged white men
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
On average, there are 132 suicides per day