Reach out to others to help stem growing suicide rate
Wednesday, Oct. 10, was World Mental Health Day. AOWKRuJK WKH dDy KDs SDssHd, every day can be a day to help save a life. It does little good to tell someone that there are other people feeling worse.
In the United States military around the world and here, at home, in both the armed services and the civilian population, suicide is increasing at an alarming rate.
In the last 45 years, suicide rates have increased 60 percent worldwide.
AFFRUdLnJ WR WKH :RUOd Health Organization depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages.
Every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies of suicide.
AFFRUdLnJ WR WKH APHULFDn Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in 2010, 38,364 people died from suicide, an upswing from 1999 when 29,199 took their own lives.
AOWKRuJK WKH SRSuODWLRn steadily increased, the death rate per 100,000 population has risen faster.
The increase in suicide is a major problem in the military, youth RI APHULFD Dnd WKH elderly.
7KH AUPy suLcide rate in July was the highest for one month with 38 deaths, a 22 percent increase. The mental health rates have risen 65 percent in the military since 2000 with 936,000 troops having at least one mental health problem.
When questioned by health professionals, there was a desire to end intense emotional stress.
A sWudy RI sWudHnWs UHvHDOHd that 7.8 percent had attempted suicide one or more times during the 12 months before the survey and 15.8 percent of students had considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months.
The thoughts, planning and attempts at suicide were higher among young adults 18 to 29 years old than among adults aged 30 or older.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 14 years and is the third leading cause of death among those 15 to 24 years old. Meanwhile, the suicide rate for men rises with age. In men over age 65, the suicide rate is seven times that of females over 65.
The statistics on suicide are frightening and the increase of suicide is alarming. We wonder what has happened and what can be done.
For a country, the United States ranked 38th in the world with 17.7 male deaths and 4.5 female deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.
Lithuania with 61.3 male and 10.4 female deaths in 2011 had the highest incidence of suicide for a country. The Russian Federation had 53.9 male and 9.5 female deaths by suicide in 2006.
Interestingly, Egypt reported 0.1 male death and 0 female deaths by suicide in 2009. Worldwide, the male suicide rate is close to five times higher for males than females.
It should be mentioned that although the male suicide rate is high, women attempt suicide three times as often as men.
Suicidal thoughts or tendencies to act are an emergency. In most cases, the person is depressed and might have used alcohol or substance abuse as “self treatment.”
To save a life requires immediate help. The person may plan the use of a gun or have other thoughts on how to end life.
A SURIHssLRnDO, suFK Ds D psychiatrist or crisis center personnel must be involved, immediately. The suicidal patient must not be left alone.
It should be mentioned that a suicidal person might suddenly deny thoughts of suicide or seem to understand the seriousness of the situation and seem to take everything lightly as if planning to get future help.
Suicidal tendencies require immediate help by a professLRnDO. CDOO 911. DRn’W UHOy on a pep talk.