Feature of the Month - September 2014

Suicide Prevention

More Americans die by suicide each year than are killed in car accidents.  So why aren’t we talking about it?   

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8 – 14, 2014.  This year’s theme is "Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.”  Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.    

In the U.S., approximately every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide.  An average of 108 individuals per day will die by suicide.  Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  Suicide occurs across ethnic, economic, social and age boundaries.  Four times more men than women kill themselves; but three times more women than men attempt suicide.  There are an estimated 12 attempted suicides for every one suicide death.   

Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die.  They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.  Feelings of hopelessness are found to be more predictive of suicide risk than depression per se.  Talking about suicide does not cause someone to become suicidal.  50% to 75% of all people who attempt suicide tell someone about their intention.  

9 out of 10 people who die by suicide had a diagnosable mental disorder.  Yet, only 3 out of 10 people who die by suicide received mental health service in the year before they died.  Treatment is available.  Early detection and treatment are the keys.  

Surviving family members not only suffer the loss of a loved one to suicide, but are also themselves at higher risk of suicide and emotional problems.  Major protective factors for suicide include: effective mental health care, connectedness, and problem-solving skills.   

The suicide rate and deaths by suicide are higher in Allegany County than the State of Maryland and the United States.  How can you help?


Take Action

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2014.  Light a candle near a window at 8 p.m. in honor of loved ones that have been affected by suicide.

"Out of the Darkness” walks includeFrederick, Hagerstown, Bedford County, and Romney.  Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org for details.

If anyone is interested in learning more about suicide and other mental health disorders, please contact Carey Moffatt at 240-964-8418 for information about free 8 hour mental health first aid trainings.  

Get more information, visit www.suicidology.org or Suicide Prevention Resource Center at www.sprc.org. 

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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