Suicide is the second cause of death for 45.000 Americans that have died in the last year. This trend is taking three lives in every 24 hours, and the institutions are struggling to implement a strategy that will help to prevent suicides across the States.
The statistics of deaths caused by suicide varies from state to state. In Illinois, suicide is the 11th cause of deaths which leads to almost 1000 deaths in a year. And for young adults, aged from 15 to 34, suicide is on a staggering 3rd place as one of the most common cause of death in this state.
Suicide prevention strategy
The efforts to create and implement a suicidal treatment and prevention strategy are enormous, but the results are coming slowly. As much as it sounds odd, suicide is not the biggest problem that people of Illinois are facing. The rate of suicide attempts is much higher than the actual rate of deaths, which is good news. However, talking about taking someone’s life deliberately in our society is still a part of social and cultural tabu. People who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, or have attempted suicide at least once are considered outcasts. They usually don’t have a reliable and consistent support from friends and family, who often takes their intentions lightly.
The statistics show that women are more likely to attempt suicide, while men are most likely committing it. The alarming thing is that suicide doesn’t know any boundary, as it can affect both young adults or seniors, wealthy or poor, employed or unemployed. However, some common risk factors can help us to recognize a possible victim of suicide and to prevent their attempts. Here’s a list of four risks that lead to suicide in Illinois.
Suicide: one risk at the time
#1 Mental disorder
The relationship between mental health disorders and suicide has been subject to various research, studies, and books. People are still stigmatized if they need to visit a psychiatrist. The avoidance of the proper treatment lead to suicide attempts.
#2 Low self-esteem
Personality related issues are also a common risk factor why would someone end his life. Low self-esteem is the starting point for more severe personality disorders, which includes bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
Among most common risk factors for suicide, depression is something that’s still treated lightly. People usually take the anxiety, mood fluctuations, or isolation as parts of the modern lifestyle. However, if not treated properly, these symptoms can easily culminate with suicide.
#4 Life events
Major life events, especially negative ones, can leave a substantial impact on our personality and mental health. The death of a family member or a partner, losing a job, losing the money or a home, or facing severe health issues can all lead to taking one’s life. The suicide is usually seen as a better solution for someone’s problem.