Depression is the number one factor that can lead to suicide or thoughts of it. Professional counselors state anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously. There is help available.
According to studies, men take their lives nearly four times the rate of women, accounting for 79% of suicides in the U.S. Suicide rates tend to rise around holidays, during a stressful time in life such as a move, divorce, death in the family or loss of employment.
Mental health experts say adverse or traumatic life events in combination with other risk factors, such as clinical depression, may lead to suicide. But suicide and suicidal behavior are never normal responses to stress. Other risk factors for suicide include:
- One of more prior suicide attempts
- Family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
- Family history of suicide
- Family violence
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Keeping firearms in the home
- Chronic physical illness including chronic pain
- Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others
If you or someone you know is discussing or contemplating suicide, please call your local suicide hotline immediately. You may also call 9-1-1 if you or someone is in immediate danger of a life ending situation.
Call toll-free to 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889.