Did you know . . .?
• Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans.
• More people survive suicide attempts than actually die.
• Friend of people who commit suicide may feel anger, shock, guilt, and depression.
• Suicide rates are high among middle aged and older adults.
• In 2007 14.5% of U.S. high school students reported that they had seriously considered attempting suicide.
• More than 6.9% of them reported that they had actually attempted suicide one or more times in the past 12 months.
• Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
• Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed.
• Fifteen percent of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide.
• Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention.
• Suicide can be prevented through education, public awareness, and treatment.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Committee on Mental Health of the Epsicopal Diocese of Virginia has created a PowerPoint presentation to use as a starting point for a Suicide Prevention and Awareness workshop. Download it below.