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Suicide Facts

Fact: Suicide happens much more often than most people are aware: about one every sixteen minutes. For every two homicides there are three suicides, and yet with the media coverage for homicide, you’d expect the reverse to be true. 

Fact: Bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do because it relieves the suicidal person of the incredible sense of isolation they experience. Asking about suicide relays that another person has insight to their pain and cares about their well-being. 

Fact: Almost all people who eventually die by suicide have given some clue or warning. When suicidal threats are not taken seriously, the person may conclude that no one cares.

Fact: Most suicidal people are ambivalent, wavering until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to die. For example, people in a suicidal crisis frequently call for help immediately following a suicide attempt. The impulse to end it all, however overpowering, does not last forever. 

Fact: There are almost always warning signs, but others are often unaware of their significance or do not know what to do. Agitated depression (feeling simultaneously highly anxious and despondent) and intense insomnia can be warning signs that are evident to friends and family. 

Fact: Studies of suicide victims have shown that more than half had sought medical help within six months before their deaths.

Fact: Sometimes a suicidal person can appear calm and serene right before a suicide attempt is made because the suicidal person has come to peace with his or her decision. This state could be a sign of imminent danger, especially if the person has not been receiving professional care.

References: NAMI, Yellow Ribbon