National Suicide Prevention Week takes place in September each year. It is an annual campaign dedicated to increasing awareness of the warning signs and prevention efforts amongst clinicians and the general public. This year, the conversation is more important than ever before. Suicide rates have been steadily increasing around the world, making suicide a global issue that can affect anyone.
While this issue impacts all demographics, some groups are more at risk than others. Understanding the common risks, warning signs, and available resources to help prevent this tragic act could help save a life and prevent long-lasting effects on families and communities.
There is not a one size fits all approach to mental health, suicide prevention efforts must happen at an individual and global level. Check-in with your loved ones and those close to you regularly, as the warning signs are not always apparent. It is vital that we take the time to understand what factors can create suicidal tendencies and who are amongst the most vulnerable populations.
Suicide Rates in the United States
- From 1999-2017, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the USA grew 33% from 10.5 deaths to 14.0 per 100,000 people.
- Over this period, the suicide rate for women increased 53% from 4.0 deaths in 1999 to 6.1 in 2017
- For men, the rate grew 26% from 17.8 deaths in 1999 to 22.4 in 2017