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Suicide Prevention

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Transcript of Suicide Prevention

Breathe in Hope:

Wyoming has the fourth highest rate of suicide in the nation.
In Wyoming,
it is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
Fact or Myth?

People that talk about suicide won't really do it
54% of people who died by suicide told at least one other person that they were thinking about it.
Jennie Melvin
Kyla Magrath
Fact or Myth?

Nothing can stop a person determined to commit suicide.
Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying, which is called "suicidal ambivalence." A part of them wants to live; however, death seems like the only way out of their pain and suffering.
Fact or Myth?

Talking to a troubled person about suicide will put ideas into that person’s head.
Studies have shown that patients with depression have these ideas and talking about them does not increase the risk of them taking their own life.

Asking direct, caring questions about suicide will often minimize a person’s anxiety and act as a deterrent to suicidal behavior.
Fact or Myth?

Among teenagers, more girls than boys try to kill themselves.
For many years, the suicide rate has been about 4 times higher among men than among women. In 2013, men had a suicide rate of 20.2, and women had a rate of 5.5. Of those who died by suicide in 2013, 77.9% were male and 22.1% were female.

Previous suicide attempt

Depression, or mental illness

Family member or friend who
has recently died

History of family violence or
physical or sexual abuse

Extreme stress, trauma,
difficulty coping, or recent loss
Risk Factors:
Talking about suicide

Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

Drastic mood or behavior changes

Problems eating or sleeping
Warning Signs:
Take suicide threats seriously and take
immediate action
Ways YOU can help:
Crisis Lines:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911
One of every six high school students
reported they had attempted suicide.
Also visit:


American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
For every 15-24 year old that dies by suicide, there are an estimated 100-200 attempts.
Information adapted from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Wyoming Suicide Prevention Task Force; American Association of Suicidology; and the Wyoming Dept. of Health.
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90% of those who died by suicide had a treatable mental illness.

Don’t keep secrets; think of it as First
Aid for Mental Health

• Be calm, not judgmental; talk directly
about suicide

• Speak with care and compassion

Encourage person to share their
• Never leave a suicidal person alone;
call 911 or take the person to a hospital
or mental health professional

• Encourage them to voluntarily give up
potentially harmful items

• Contact a reliable family member or
close friend of the person

• Follow up to make sure the person is getting help
Dating violence

Breakup with boyfriend or

Socially isolated, being teased
or ridiculed

Being a bully
Easy access to lethal means,
especially guns

Impulsiveness and risk taking

School failure, difficulties
dealing with sexual orientation,
or unplanned pregnancy
Isolating from friends or social

Lack of interest in work/school or

Lack of interest in personal
Giving away personal possessions

Preoccupation with death and

Increasing drug or alcohol use
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Twice as many people die by suicide as homicide in the United States.
Suicide is the 10th Leading Cause of Death in the United States.
Suicide is currently the sixth leading cause of death in Wyoming.
In the U.S., Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 10-24 yr olds.
Research shows that during our lifetime:
20% of us will have a suicide within our immediate family
60% of us will personally know someone who dies by suicide

Many people who take their own life have given definite warnings to family and friends of their intentions.
ALWAYS take any talk about suicide seriously.
They may allow themselves to "gamble with death," leaving it up to others to save them.
Fact or Myth?

Improvement following a suicide attempt or crisis means that the risk is over.
Most suicides occur within days or weeks of "improvement," when the individual has the energy and motivation to actually follow through with his/her suicidal thoughts. The highest suicide rates are immediately after a hospitalization for a suicide attempt.
Fact or Myth?

Sometimes a bad event can push a person to complete suicide.
Suicide results from having a serious psychiatric disorder.

A single event may just be "the last straw."
Learn the RISK Factors and Warning Signs:

Sweetwater County Library System


Pickin Palace in Rock Springs, WY
Special thanks to:
Breaking the Silence
About Suicide
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