Because there is a lack of information in the general public regarding depression and suicide, people who need help aren’t getting it, especially when they’re in crisis. The answer is overcoming the taboo and talking about depression and suicide. Information needs to be made available so that people who suffer from depression and suicide can get help. Talking about depression and suicide can save lives.

Someone takes their life every 16 minutes in the U.S. alone. Among the youth in our country, ages 10 to 24, suicide is the third leading cause of their deaths. Because of the “taboo” associated with depression and suicide,  people are reluctant to talk about it and this leads to misconceptions. There are many questions about who might be most at risk of committing suicide, the factors that lead people to consider suicide and how to best help them or even yourself if you are thinking about suicide.

Facts about Suicide

Using data from 2007 suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Tennessee:

  • There are over 850 lives taken by suicide every year.
  • Of these 100 are from 10 to 24 years old.
  • The 3rd leading cause of death of youth between 10 to 24 years old is suicide.
  • Nationwide the suicide rate in the age group 15 to 24 have gone up over 200% over the last 50 years:
  • Among the elderly, age 85 and over, the suicide rate is higher than in other age groups
  • Four times more men commit suicide than women.
  • Women are three times more likely to attempt suicide than men.
  • Suicide crosses all age, economic, social and ethnic boundaries.
  • The most frequent method of suicide is by firearms.
  • Family members of those who committed suicide are at greater risk of suicide.
  • Most people contemplating suicide do give warnings of their intentions, although these are often not clear until after the fact. But those around them may not pick up on the signals or understand the significance of them and have no idea what they should do.
  • Having an open discussion of suicide does not cause someone to be suicidal.

How Depression and Suicide are linked

People suffering from depression and have the following symptoms are at higher risk for taking their lives:

  • Increased anxiety and/or have panic attacks
  • Pervasive ongoing insomnia
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Are irritated and agitated most of the time
  • Talk about committing suicide or has had prior attempts
  • Have a dependence on alcohol or drugs or both

Depression and suicide are the highly associated .

  • People with major depression are 20 times more likely to commit suicide than others
  • Two thirds of those taking their life are depressed at the time of their suicide.
  • Those who have had recurrent episodes of major depression are at an increased risk of suicide than people with a single episode of major depression.

Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods for depression and suicide.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and suicide.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders, including those contemplating suicide, in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression and suicide, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression and suicide that can help save a life and result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and suicide can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.

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