Now more than ever, it’s important that we be there for one another and take steps to prevent suicide. Suicide prevention is at the reach of everyone, not just mental health professionals or organizations (National Suicide Prevention). Below are some statistics, tips, and resources regarding suicide prevention.
If you would like to request an AS+K Suicide Prevention Training delivered by MHA of Greater Houston, you can do so here.
ASK About Suicide to Save A Life™ is a best practice, gatekeeper training that teaches how to identify suicide risk factors, protective factors, warning signs, and appropriate referral strategies. Mental Health America of Greater Houston is currently offering a virtual, 1-hour training.
- Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the US. It’s the 2nd leading cause of death among ages 15-24.
- Since May 2020, there has been a dramatic spike in suicidal or self-harm thinking through screenings. More than 21,000 people reported this, four times the average numbers from November to January
- 45,000 Americans die by suicide each year. This is about 1 every 11 minutes.
- 40% of Trans* adults reported having made a suicide attempt
- LGBTQ+ youth are almost 5x more likely to have attempted suicide than non-LGBTQ+ youth
- Child & Adolescent Suicide
- Back to School: Preventing Suicide
- Recognizing Warning Signs & How to Cope
- Preventing Suicide in Older Adults
*Any of these signs does not mean the person is considering suicide, though several of the symptoms may signal a need for help*
- Verbal threats such as “you’d be better off without me”
- Expressions of hopelessness and helplessness
- Previous suicide attempts
- Daring or risk-taking behavior
- Personality changes
- Giving away prized possessions
- Lack of interest in future plans
IF YOU THINK SOMEONE IS CONSIDERING SUICIDE
- Trust your instincts that the person may be in trouble
- Talk with the person about your concerns, make sure to listen!
- Ask directly about suicide without being judgmental. The more detailed the plan, the greater the risk so putting time and space between the person and the intended means is vital.
- Get professional help, even if there’s hesitation
- Do not leave the person alone
- Do not swear to secrecy or make promises
- Do not act shocked or judgmental
- Do not counsel the person yourself
- Resource for Immediate Response
- Take a free Mental Health Screening
- Mobile Applications
- Texas Resources
- Texas Suicide Prevention Toolkit
- Texas Suicide Prevention Information Library
- Dial 211 to connect to Mental Health Resources
- Texas Mental Health Support Line: 1-833-986-1919
- TX Health & Human Services (to locate crisis lines and local mental health authorities by county)
- Texas Council of Community Centers
- Texas Veterans Mental Health Program
- TexVet Initiative
- National Resources