Suicide is a hard topic for most people, and usually, they don’t know how to approach it. If you find yourself in a room where somebody has begun talking about suicide it’s important to stop and listen, but if you want to join the conversation it’s important to know statistics and facts about suicide to be able to prevent it with your actions.
The more you know the better you will be prepared for any situation where the action might be required from you. Additionally, sometimes people want to listen to you and sometimes they just want you to listen, so make sure you can recognize when the moment is for talking and when it’s for listening. The biggest and most scary part of suicide is the fact that people start thinking that they can’t be helped or that this is the worst that can happen to them so they can’t see a better tomorrow.
It’s up to you and you alone to talk to these people and explain to them in their language how they can always look on the bright side because after the bad days there usually come some sunny and clearer ones. Here are some statistics that can help you and your general knowledge about suicide.
– Suicide is the second leading cause of death among British Columbia youth aged 10-18 after motor vehicle accidents *
– Approximately 7% of youth in British Columbia between grades 7-12 have reported making a suicide attempt in the previous year *
(remember to stress how important it is to know that next year everything can be better if people would just look ahead)
– Approximately 16% of youth in British Columbia between grades 7-12 have seriously considered suicide *
– Older youth between the ages of 15-18 are more likely to die by suicide than children and youth between the ages of 10-14 *
– In 2000, 35 British Columbian youth between the ages of 10-19 took their own life
– Adolescent males die by suicide 3 times as often as adolescent females *
– Canada loses close to 200 children and youth to suicide every year *
– Males typically use more lethal methods such as hanging and firearms
– Adolescent females are 4 to 7 times more likely to attempt suicide with pills than adolescent males
– Females typically use drugs, poisons, or gases – these methods often require more time to take effect and increase the opportunity for the youth to be found, and as a result, intervention is more likely – recently, however, females have been choosing more lethal methods.
* taken out of MCFD, 2008c
As we can see suicide is something that bothers both genders, some more during a certain period in their life, but usually, it spares nobody for long. The fact of the matter is that many people just need somebody to talk to and somebody to listen to them. If you ever find yourself fin a situation where you can use your experience to help somebody overcome depression give it your best as life has a funny way of returning good deeds.