Suicide & Mental Illness
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college age youth 12-18.
- More teenagers die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, influenza, pneumonia, and lung disease COMBINED.
- Each day in our nation there is an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
- Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
Statistics provided by CDC.Gov
Recognizing signs of a depressive episode or depression; shows symptoms for 2 weeks or more:
- Loss of interest in most activities
- Significant unintentional change in weight or appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased energy, chronic fatigue or tiredness, feeling exhausted
- Feelings of excessive guilt
- Feelings of low self-esteem, low self-confidence, or worthlessness
- Feelings of despair or hopelessness (pervasive pessimism about the future)
- Avoidance of normal familial and social contacts
- Frequent agitation, restlessness
- Psychologically or emotionally detached
- Feelings of irritability or frustration
- Decrease in activity, effectiveness, or productivity
- Difficulty in thinking (poor concentration, poor memory, or indecisiveness)
- Excessive or inappropriate worries
- Being easily moved to tears
- Anticipation of the worst
- Thoughts of suicide
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 48. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 08-4353. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2008.
Recognizing Signs of Suicidal Behavior:
- Talks about self in past-tense
- Loss of interest in things that were once enjoyable
- Makes Preparations: getting personal business in order
- Change of appetite
- Change in sleeping habits
- Dangerous or self-harming behavior