What are the leading causes of suicide?
The most significant causes of suicide are untreated depression and alcoholism. About 40% of all people who seek treatment for alcohol abuse claim to have attempted suicide at least once during their lifetime. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are also significant risk factors for suicide. Social stigma, shame, and a perceived lack of resources are major contributors to why people do not seek treatment for their mental health issues. Untreated mental health disorders can quickly spiral out of control, leading the sufferer to feel that drugs, alcohol, and suicide are the only means of escape from their pain.
Suicide rates for women are highest between the ages of 44 and 45, whereas men aged 65 and older are at the highest risk for suicide. People of American Indian and Alaskan Native have the highest suicide rates in the U.S., followed by non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, blacks, and Asians.
What are the signs and symptoms family and friends need to watch out for?
Who can treat suicidal patients?
A primary care physician is usually the first person to notice suicidal patterns in a patient and recommend them for treatment. Psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and social workers are all trained in helping suicidal patients. Friend and family support can also greatly aid in a person’s recovery from mental illness and suicidal ideation.
What are the methods for suicide prevention?
Young Adults High Risk for Suicide Attempts
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in the United States. Millennials, born between 1981 and 1986, report feeling depressed, lonely, and burned out. Young people in Generation Z, born around 1996 to 2012, have the reputation of being the most depressed age group of all ages, but they are also the most likely to ask for help. Getting help is crucial, regardless of age. Whether you are a depressed adolescent or a worried parent, your best option is to find a Southern California rehab center that focuses on suicide prevention in youth.
Youth Suicide – Facts and Statistics
- 4 in 5 teens and young adults give clear signs before attempting suicide.
- An average of over 3,700 young people in grades 9-12 attempt suicide every day in the U.S.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the suicide rate among youth aged 10 to 24 nearly tripled between 2007 and 2018.
- A survey by the CDC on the COVID-19 pandemic found that 3 in 4 participants aged 18 to 24 reported one or more behavioral or mental health symptoms.
- The National Institutes of Health says almost 1 in 3 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 will experience an anxiety disorder, and that number is steadily rising.
- 1 in 3 high school students reported ongoing feelings of hopelessness or sadness to the CDC in 2017. Of those, 17% reported suicidal thoughts, 14% made plans to kill themselves, and 7% tried to commit suicide.
How to Help Suicide Prevention
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, most of the teens and young adults who try to commit suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. Young children may act impulsively when they’re sad, angry, or confused. Adolescents are more likely to react to feelings of inadequacy, peer pressure, self-doubt, financial or academic problems. Teens may see suicide as a way out of their problems.
Besides depression and anxiety, risk factors include impulsivity, exposure to trauma or violence, family history of suicide, aggressive behavior, bullying, feelings of helplessness, rejection, or access to guns.
Teen and young adults who are thinking about suicide may stop talking about the future or give away their possessions. Phrases like “I won’t be here to bother you any longer” or “I don’t want to be alive” are warning signs. Other signals include these:
- Changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Decline in performance at school or work
- Frequent physical symptoms (stomachache, headache or exhaustion) triggered by emotions
- Cutting off friends, family or activities once enjoyed
- Preoccupation with topics related to death and dying
Suicide prevention in youth requires young people and adults to be aware of the signs and symptoms, acknowledge them, and be open to help.
Southern California Rehab and Suicide Prevention in Youth
At Mission Harbor Behavioral Health, our experienced professionals know how to help suicide prevention among adolescents and adults. Contact us 24/7 for a confidential discussion about our outpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive inpatient, or telehealth services.