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Facts/Myths

Know the Facts:

You can make a difference by knowing the facts about suicide and suicide prevention. Thoughts of suicide may occur when one’s emotional pain exceeds one’s resources for coping with pain.

Statistics

  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds and the 2nd leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds (Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition)
  • There is 1 suicide every 16 minutes and 89 suicides per day (CDC)
  • Nearly 50% of suicide victims have an elevated blood alcohol level (www.StopASuicide.org)

Facts vs. Myths

  • Myth: Asking about suicide will put the idea in someone’s head.
    • Fact: By asking someone if they are suicidal, you are providing them with the safe opportunity to express their feelings and to get support to seek help.
  • Myth: Suicide is an impulsive act and those that talk about it won’t kill themselves.
    • Fact: 70% of people that die by suicide expressed their thoughts of suicide or showed warning signs