Suicide is one of the most significant public health issues facing the world today. It has existed throughout history, across all cultures and time periods. People’s reasons for thinking about suicide are as complex and varied as those individuals themselves.
Most importantly, with the right knowledge and skills, the vast majority of suicides can be prevented.
Facts about suicide
- At any given time, 1 in 25 people is thinking about suicide to some degree
- You’re much more likely to encounter someone who needs suicide intervention than CPR
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people aged 15-29
- On average, a workplace suicide has a financial impact of over $1,100,000
- More than 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide each year
How do we prevent suicide?
Suicide is complex, and so are its solutions. Skills training is one of the most effective prevention approaches.
When people are thinking about suicide, they almost always express their pain in ways that invite others to reach out and help. Training empowers someone to recognize these signs and provide life-saving support.
Anyone, regardless of background or experience, can learn skills to keep someone safe and alive.
Interested in upcoming suicide prevention skills trainings?
Information taken from Living Works.
The following are signs of someone who might be having thoughts of suicide:
- Recent significant loss or change.
- Feeling hopeless or trapped.
- Feeling unbearable pain.
- Feeling like a burden to others.
- Increased use of alcohol and/or other drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated.
- Reckless behavior.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves.
- Looking for ways to act upon those thoughts of suicide.
- Withdrawing or isolating from others.
If you see these signs or others in yourself or another, there is help.
- NMSU Aggie Health & Wellness Center (646-1512): Offers free and confidential counseling services for individuals or couples.
- New Mexico Crisis & Access Line (Crisis & Access Line at 1-855-662-7474 or the Warmline at 1-855-466-7100): Help and resources for individuals in crisis.
- If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts and needs to talk to someone, connect with the Aggie Health & Wellness Center, or call or chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/).