Self Injury and Suicide
Self Injury is an unhealthy way to cope
with emotions, stress, or traumatic events.
Self Injury is usually not an attempt at suicide,
but an attempt to feel better.
Cutting: The use of a sharp object to intentionally
cut or scratch one’s body deep enough to bleed.
Burning: Burning oneself with lighters, matches, or
Suicide is defined as the intentional killing
Suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the United
Eighth leading cause of death for males, and 19th leading
cause of death for females.
The total number of suicide deaths in 2001 was 30,622.
Suicides outnumbered homicides (20,308) by 3 to 2.
Suicide by firearms was the most common method for both
men and women, accounting for 55% of all suicides.
More men than women die by suicide.
The gender ratio is 4:1.
73% of all suicide deaths are white males.
80% of all firearm suicide deaths are white males.
Among the highest rates (when categorized by gender and race)
are suicide deaths for white men over 85, who had a rate of
Teen suicide was the 3rd leading cause
of death among young adults and
adolescents 15 to 24 years of age,
following unintentional injuries and
History of Suicide
There has been a 400% increase in
teenage suicide since 1950.
27% of high school students have
considered suicide at some point in their
Of those who attempt, 1/50 is successful.
Factors that Effect Suicide
Divorce and Broken Families
Stability of a Family (Location)
Increase in Physical, Emotional, and
Increased abuse of Drugs and Alcohol.
Pressure to Succeed
Popularized by the Media.
Why Would You Want to Die?
Most people do not want to die, they want
a solution to end emotional pain.
Myths Associated with Suicide
Suicide occurs with While suicide may be
out warning. impulsive, it has been
thought about for a
People talk about Most people who
suicide rarely do it. commit suicide have
talked about it.
If you ask a person about You will not encourage
their suicidal thoughts, someone, but you may
you make encourage give them the opportunity
them to do it. to open up.
All suicidal people want to Suicide attempts are a
die. cry for help.
When a suicidal person The person has
seems calm, the danger committed to their
has passed. decision and feels relief.
Suicidal comments People under the
while drunk or high do influence tend to open
not count. up while their
inhibitions are low.
People who commit Depression is
suicide are mentally common, but extreme
ill. emotional crisis can
Once a person is suicidal, Many people consider
they will always be suicide at one point in
suicidal. their life, yet with proper
support and treatment are
able to move forward.
Tendency towards Suicide is a behavior and
suicide is inherited. cannot be passed,
however, a behavior
tends to repeat.