This page and its proceeding sub-pages are dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention advocacy. The pages it contains have been the culmination of a decade’s worth of cited research and personal experience. Here you will find a collection of information from several organizations, institutions, and individuals, as well as my personal experience with depression, bi-polar disorder, and suicidal ideation.
For those who are experiencing or who have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as those who have lost loved ones to suicide, all will find something here to help them find solace, find hope, and finally make their way outside of the darkness of mental and behavioral turmoil.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the year 2000 to the year 2014, more than 530,000 Americans completed suicide. By the end of 2014 alone, the number of Americans of all genders and all age ranges that had completed suicide that year was 42,773. It was the highest number in one year during the fourteen year period since 2000. For comparison, during 2014 there were 37,195 Americans who died in motor vehicle accidents.
Further, the yearly total of Americans completing suicide has continually and dramatically risen each year since 2000, where as the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents has continued to drop since 2006, except for 2012 when deaths rose to 38,251.
While the elderly have the highest rates of suicide, followed by those of middle-age and young adults and teens respectively, children under the age of 14, and even as young as 5, also complete suicide.
To learn more about my own personal journey click here. For information and statistical data, explore the various tabs at the top. I think the following words perfectly sum up what I aspire to do with this project:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Spanish and hearing impaired communication available.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline
Free, confidential, 24/7 (even holidays), treatment referral and information service (English and Spanish), for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use issues.
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline
Provides 24/7 (even holidays) assistance with crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text options available.
Crisis Text Line
(text the word HOME to 741741)
Trained Crisis Counselors who volunteer their time to provide 24/7, free and confidential support for people in crisis, utilizing active listening and collaborative problem solving.
The Trevor Project
A 24/7 resource for LGBT youth struggling with a crisis or suicidal thoughts. The line is staffed by trained counselors.