What is the Suicide Crisis?
1. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for 15-29 year-olds worldwide.
- In the USA alone, it's the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
2. Every 40 seconds, we lose a life to suicide.
3. More than 700,000 people die due to suicide every year, and for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.
- These are stats from 2019, and a lot has changed since then - much of it for the worse. We suspect that there are far more unaccounted for, which is heartbreaking.
4. Only half of young people who need help will actually seek it out.
- This may sound shocking, but think about it: society is set up in a way that opening up about such issues might not be helpful - stigmas encourage us to keep our dark thoughts to ourselves. Finesse Our Minds wants to change this narrative.
5. But here's the thing: there's hope.
- At Finesse Our Minds, we're challenging the way we talk about suicide and working to put an end to the stigma that surrounds it. We want to remind you that it's okay to talk about it. Seriously, you don't have to shy away from the conversation.
Suicide and mental health struggles are closely connected - and you are not alone (far from it!).
There might be a significant connection between dark thoughts and suicide in young humans.
The tea is that most people who experience depressive symptoms, including negative thoughts, hopelessness, and feelings of worthlessness, are more likely to attempt or complete suicide than those who do not experience these symptoms!
One study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that more than half of adolescent suicide attempters reported suicidal ideation before the attempt. Similarly, a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that depressive symptoms, especially those related to negative thoughts, were the most important predictor of suicidal behavior in young people.
A disclaimer is that this is NOT the case with everybody bc we're all vastly different, and there are a bunch of aspects that contribute to suicidal thoughts and attempts (such as trauma, loss, stress, genetic predisposition, environmental factors, etc.).
That being said, this info is helpful bc it speaks on the power of thoughts. What we think, we ultimately become.
More than 64% of young adults who are no longer in college are not attending college because of a mental-health-related reason.
More than 75% of students have experienced a sense of “overwhelming anxiety” at some time
More than 50% of students did not access mental health services on campus
More than 45% of college students felt things were “hopeless”.
More than 45% of young adults who stopped attending college because of mental health-related reasons did not request accommodations.
More than 41% Students have felt so depressed that it was “difficult to function”.
More than 25% College students have been diagnosed or treated with a mental health condition within the past year.
Test your knowledge:
1/? Students consider suicide?
1/6 Students consider suicide.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death to what age group?
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34.
Which gender is 4 times more likely to die from suicide?
Males are 4 times more likely to die from suicide than are females. However, females are more likely to attempt suicide than are males. We all need help.
What % of adults thinks suicide can be prevented?
93% of adults think suicide is preventable.
What % of suicide attempt survivors recover and never do it again?
Good news: More than 90% of people who attempt suicide survive and never go on to die by suicide.