Suicide vs. Homicide? Which occurs more?

A recent study was released reporting that suicide rates are now twice as high as homicide rates. Suicide ranks 11th among causes of death across ages, gender and cultures.

Suicide occurs at higher rates among men, American Indians, Caucasians and people between 45-54 years of age. The age shift is dramatic, as it used to be people over 80. It is the third leading cause of death amongst 10-24 year olds.

One of the most common questions is why people do commit suicide? Problems leading to suicide may be related to mental health, jobs, finances or relationships. Most often, mental health related problems have the greatest impact, with many people who die having a history of depression.

The real struggle is that so few people leave notes or communications as to why they have decided to commit suicide, leaving those left behind to search for answers (for every suicide there are 6 survivors).

Sometimes, though, there are signs leading up to an attempt. Here is a link to a wonderful fact sheet from the American Association of Suicidology that provides great information regarding warning signs.

Don’t be afraid to talk about suicide. Although it’s scary, opening up the dialogue may be the most important thing you do.

For more information about statistics and ways to help, go to the American Association of Suicidology’s website:

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