In 2010, it is estimated that 105 people in the United States died by suicide each day- that is one person every 14 minutes. As the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, suicide impacts people regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Some research suggests that every suicide influences at least six other people emotionally and/or psychologically.

Many people mistakenly believe that contemplating suicide is a sign of weakness. There are reasons why people consider or attempt suicide but being a weak person is not one of them.

Here are four general characteristics of a person who may be suicidal:

  • They have feelings of depression such as sadness and diminished interest in activities
  • They have strong feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness
  • They want help but find it difficult to ask
  • They don’t really want to die; they want to stop living

Other significant warning signs may include suicidal ideation (for example, threatening to kill oneself), substance abuse, purposelessness, high anxiety, social withdrawal, anger, and/or dramatic mood changes.

Many people have thoughts or feelings about wanting to harm themselves. If you or another person you know is experiencing thoughts like these, please search our database of psychologists to contact support. Another option is to call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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