Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between ages 10 and 24, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is much higher than the general population where it is the 10th leading cause of death.
Suicide rates in the U.S. have increased more than 25 percent since 1999. They are also rising worldwide with approximately 1 million people dying annually from suicide. The World Health Organization estimates a global suicide rate of one death every 40 seconds. By 2020, they predict someone will take their life every 20 seconds.
How can you help prevent suicide?
First, if you believe someone may be at risk of suicide, call Frontier Behavioral Health's local 24/7 crisis line at 1.877.266.1818. Calls are answered by mental health clinicians who will provide telephone triage and crisis intervention services, and make direct referrals to mobile crisis outreach teams.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1.800.273.8255.
For suicide prevention counseling for the LGBTQ community, call the Trevor Lifeline at 1.866.488.7386.
For the national Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741. Trained crisis counselors provide confidential text conversations.
If you suspect someone may be suicidal:
- Do not leave the person alone.
- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects.
- Call the FBH 24/7 Regional Crisis Line or the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
SOURCE: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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