Suicide is a major public health problem. In recent years it has become the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for over 38,000 deaths in 2010. An average of one person every 13.7 minutes takes their own life, according to the American Association of Suicidology.

We lose on average 73 people a year to suicide in Northeast Indiana. To do our part in trying to save more of those 73 people, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana is involved in suicide prevention efforts in this region.

Are you considering suicide? Are you worried about someone that you care about and whether or not they are considering suicide? Please don’t suffer in silence. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

You can also visit STOP Suicide Northeast Indiana for more resources regarding suicide prevention, intervention, and loss.

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About Suicide

A suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. No matter the race or age of the person, how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people who die by suicide have a mental or emotional disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression: 30% to 70% of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder.

No suicide attempt should be dismissed or treated lightly!

Eight out of ten people considering suicide give some sign of their intentions. People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide, or call suicide crisis centers are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.

Know the Warning Signs

Any one of these signs does not necessarily mean the person is considering suicide, but several of these symptoms may signal a need for help.

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, wanting to die and/or having no reason for living
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing from friends and activities or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Things That Increase Risk

The following factors can increase someone’s risk for committing suicide. However, someone experiencing these factors may not be suicidal.

  • Pre-existing psychiatric disorders
  • Recent loss (death, relationship, job, health, etc.)
  • Psychosocial (separation or domestic difficulties, financial stress, physical or sexual abuse, etc.)
  • Death of a loved one (including by suicide)

  • Previous attempts
  • Depression or Bipolar Disorder
  • Serious physical illness
  • Substance abuse and/or intoxication