Infographic: Confronting suicide as a public health issue
Nearly 110 people commit suicide in the U.S. every day. This self-inflicted violence has gotten the attention of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help people better understand how depression and anxiety may lead to death.
The CDC website deems suicide a public health issue, because it can have detrimental effects on individuals, families and communities. Though its causes are often determined by complex multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple, says the CDC: to reduce risk factors and increase coping skills that promote resilience.
In September, health professionals promoted Suicide Awareness Month. On Oct. 10, dozens of “Out of the Darkness Walks” organized by the AFSP will be held nationwide. Community and campus walks, along with an overnight excursion, are planned as the group works toward its goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.
Consider these statistics:
Men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide.
For children ages 10 to 14, suicide is the third-leading cause of death.
Nearly 60 percent of men use firearms to kill themselves; 35 percent of women have ended their lives by poisoning.
AFSP’s infographic shows the severity of the problem:
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