If you are thinking about suicide right now, please seek support immediately.
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicide occurs across all ages, incomes, ethnicities and social factors. Men die by suicide more than three times as often as women, but three times more women than men attempt suicide.
Why do people turn to suicide?
Most often, people turn to suicide when they have lost hope and feel helpless. They want their pain to end, and they may see no other way out. Suicide can also be an impulsive act that follows the use of substances. In some cases, people with psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia may hear voices that tell them to harm themselves.
Suicide can be prevented. Most people who die by suicide have shown warning signs that they were thinking of killing themselves.
If you are feeling suicidal, help is available. Many causes of suicidal thinking can be recognized and treated.
People who are feeling suicidal may:
People at a higher risk of suicide include those who:
The risk for suicide may be reduced when “protective factors” are present. In general, protective factors help to increase a person’s resilience, which is the ability to recover or “bounce back” in the face of stress and adversity. Examples include:
How can I help someone who is suicidal?
What if someone I know shows warning signs for suicide?
What should I do if someone has attempted suicide?
Remain calm and call 911.
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