We are taking a break from typical business topics in this blog post and instead focusing on the subject of suicide, beginning with some alarming statistics. Here are some according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Each year, nearly 45,000 people die by suicide
- For every suicide, 25 others attempt it
- Suicide costs the U.S. $69 billion each year
- The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals.
- Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
- On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
- White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
- Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
- The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.
The AFSP also provides the following map, in which the darker shades indicate higher rates of suicide per state:
Two of the ways we can work to lower the rate of suicide is to better recognize the signs and create an environment in which it is OK for people to talk about their issues, worries, and feelings – without fear of stigma or retribution. The best way we can do that is through learning. The best way we can learn and support learning is by getting involved.
There are all kinds of options for doing so.
For example, we are participating as a family in an upcoming event called “Out of the Darkness Community Walks” which take place all over the country.
According to their website, the AFSP says, “When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.”
Don’t Wait for Suicide to Impact You
If suicide has never impacted your life, we could not be more happy for you. Let’s keep it that way. Don’t wait until it does, and help the rest of us heal.
Get involved. Get educated. Get out of the darkness.