Posted on Jul 26, 2018
Every year, 45,000 Americans die by suicide.The rate of suicide is highest in middle aged white men (ages 35-64).For every recorded suicide, it is estimated that there are 25 attempts.The numbers are both staggering and tragic, but according to our speaker, Mike Bushman, a volunteer with the Illinois chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide should be viewed first and foremost as a health issue that can be prevented.  
 
There is no single cause for suicide.There are however risk factors that place some people at higher risk.These include health factors such as mental health conditions, environmental factors such as prolonged stress and stressful live events, and historical factors such as previous suicide attempts, or a history of child abuse.
 
Many people who die by suicide don’t think much before they do it, so when it comes to prevention timing is critical.AFSP stresses that reaching out can help save a life.This entails learning about the risks and warning signs of suicide, talking in private to let them know you care, and helping direct them to resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK).For more information and links to resources visit AFSP.org