•Rate for women ages 45-64 jumped 62% between 1999-2017.
•Rate for men ages 45-64 jumped 44% between 1999-2017.
•The overall suicide rate rose by 33% from 1999 to 2017, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, November 2018.
•In the four months after Robin Williams took his own life in 2014, there was a 10% increase – almost 2,000 additional suicides – (CDC).
Increase rate is due to:
Warning signs to look for:
• Hopelessness – no reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
• Rage, anger, seeking revenge
• Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
• Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
• Increased alcohol or drug use
• Withdrawal from friends, family, or society
• Anxiety, agitation, change in sleep pattern (sleep little or all the time)
• Dramatic changes in mood
• Life changes – divorce or relationship status
• Financial situation changes
Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) when you hear or see any of these behaviors:
âSomeone threatening to hurt or kill themselves
âSomeone looking for ways to kill themselves: seeking access to pills or weapons, or other means
âSomeone talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
âPerson has a definite plan with details about self-harm