National Suicide Prevention Month

10 Facts About Suicide & Suicide Prevention

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Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 11 to 18 years old.

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In San Diego Unified School District, nearly 17 percent of 9th and 15 percent of 11th grade students have self-reported seriously considering suicide.

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Suicide is preventable. Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others. We need to talk openly about mental health and normalize mental health conversations in families, schools and communities. 70% of those who are thinking about suicide will tell someone about how they are feeling.

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90% of those who die by suicide display warning signs, especially if the behavior is new or is related to a painful event, loss or change.

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Suicide warning signs include talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live and withdrawing or isolating themselves.

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School-based suicide prevention programs can play an important role in connecting students with important mental health information and tools, as well as provide training for teachers and other staff who work closely with them.

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Our HERE Now program is a school-based program to help educate, prevent and heal. In collaboration with North County Lifeline and South Bay Community Services, HERE Now is now active in 116 schools in 22 school districts in San Diego County.

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Everyone can help prevent suicide. ACT.

Acknowledge – that there is a concern for yourself or a friend

Care – let your friend know that you care

Tell – a trusted adult

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You can get help now for yourself or a loved one. Contact the San Diego Access and Crisis Line (888) 724-7240. It’s confidential and available 24/7 in all languages.