On average, someone dies by suicide in our nation every 13 minutes. Many suicides can be prevented by people knowing the warning signs, and most importantly, knowing what to do if they recognize those signs in themselves or someone they care about. Join us in the 13minutes movement . . . take some time to learn the warning signs, how to ask the question or have the conversation, and where to get help when needed. Join us in the 13minutes movement to change the statistics and save lives!
HOW TO START
Learning the warning signs of suicide could save someone's life. While an individual may not be experiencing all of these warning signs, most will experience more than one and for an extended period of time. Some are obvious while some are more subtle, so it's important to know what to look for and what to do next if you do notice these behaviors in someone you care about. With each of these warning signs, watch for a change from the individual's typical behavior.
Suicide is a very real public health problem that impacts individuals from a variety of backgrounds and of all ages. Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. Suicide is preventable and anyone can help by knowing the warning signs, and what to do if you or someone you love is in a crisis situation. Let's change the stats!
While more women attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide
Without adequate support, LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
40% of transgender people have attempted suicide in their lifetime
1 in 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
Asking about suicidal thoughts or feelings won't push someone into doing something self-destructive. In fact, offering an opportunity to talk about feelings may reduce the risk of acting on suicidal feelings. The first step is to find out whether the person is in danger of acting on suicidal feelings. Be sensitive, but ask direct questions.
If you are feeling suicidal or if you are concerned about an individual who is suicidal, there is immediate help available. A skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center is able to talk to you now and provide assistance.