Suicide Hits 40,000 Families Yearly. What Should You Know?

Suicide Hits 40,000 Families Yearly. What Should You Know?

We all have our ups and downs. Some of us may experience more dramatic swings. In uncommon cases, the downs can lead to thoughts of suicide. These thoughts can happen regardless of a person’s age, gender or background.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of American adult deaths and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 24 — and the rates are increasing. 40,000 people already die by suicide in the U.S. every year.

There is Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available from a number of resources, including Aurora Health Care.

Aurora offers compassionate help for family members of all ages for treatment of:

Depression

Behavioral health and addiction

Child and adolescent behavioral problems

Adult behavioral health problems

What are the Warning Signs of Suicide?

You may notice these signs in someone who may be considering suicide. They may:

  • Make comments, write about or think about death. Comments may seem harmless but can escalate.
  • Display dramatic mood swings.
  • Comment about feeling unbearable pain.
  • Talk about being a burden to others.
  • Talk about seeking revenge.
  • Increase alcohol or drug use.
  • Behave aggressively, impulsively or recklessly.
  • Change eating and/or sleeping habits.
  • Withdraw from family, friends and the community.
  • Give away important possessions.
  • Put affairs in order. Make a will.
  • Say goodbye to friends and family.

If you or someone you care about shows some of these signs, don’t dismiss it. Seek help. An Aurora Health Care mental health professional or primary care provider can help. Another option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24/7. All calls are confidential.

Meet the Author

Gregory D. Schramka, PsyD is a licensed psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health Therapy at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital in Wauwatosa, WI. His special interests include the application of empirically-validated treatment approaches to problems of depression, anxiety, and anger-related difficulties.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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