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(CDC) As of 2019, the second leading cause of death among teenagers aged 15 to 19 years in the United States was intentional self-harm or suicide, contributing around 21.5 percent of deaths among age group.

TRACKING SUICIDES IN DELAWARE

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Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fourth-leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19 globally. In 2019, there were an estimated 3.5 million people who planned a suicide, 1.4 million suicide attempts and 47,511 deaths by suicide. Firearms were involved in half of all suicides, and there were more than twice as many deaths by suicide than by homicide.

Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fourth-leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19 globally. In 2019, there were an estimated 3.5 million people who planned a suicide, 1.4 million suicide attempts and 47,511 deaths by suicide. Firearms were involved in half of all suicides, and there were more than twice as many deaths by suicide than by homicide.

Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fourth-leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19 globally. In 2019, there were an estimated 3.5 million people who planned a suicide, 1.4 million suicide attempts and 47,511 deaths by suicide. Firearms were involved in half of all suicides, and there were more than twice as many deaths by suicide than by homicide.

When someone dies by suicide, as with any cause of death, the loss is felt by many people. The ripples of loss spread from close family and friends to community members, acquaintances and even people the deceased did not know. All of those exposed to the loss may experience different levels of grief and trauma.

Populations with disproportionately high suicide rates include:

» Men, who have a suicide rate 3.7 times higher than women.

» American Indian/Alaska Native population, who experience the highest suicide rates in the nation, followed by the non-Hispanic white population. Suicide rates among Hispanic, Black and Asian/Pacific Islander populations are significantly lower than rates among American Indian/Alaska Native and white populations.

» Veterans compared with non-veteran adults.

» Those living in rural areas compared with those living in urban areas.

» LGBTQ adults and youth compared with heterosexual adults and youth.

Strategies to reduce suicide include:

»  Universal screening at emergency rooms to identify patients at higher risk of suicide.

»  Safety planning at emergency rooms to assist patients with suicidal behaviors by providing them with a prioritized list of evidence-based coping strategies and sources of support.

»  Cognitive behavioral therapy to identify and manage suicidal thoughts.

» Reducing access to lethal means such as firearms, lethal doses of medications and alcohol. Evidence from studies over the past two decades shows a strong association between the presence of a firearm in the home and an increased risk of suicide for the gun owner and the gun owner’s spouse and children. At the community level, the Gun Shop Project builds partnerships between firearms businesses and public health experts to provide firearm suicide prevention educational materials to firearms retailers, instructors and customers.

» Devoting resources to the ten public health domains of suicide prevention outlined in The State of State, Tribal and Territorial Suicide Prevention report.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has detailed resources for implementing effective suicide prevention in schools and universities, emergency departments, American Indian/Alaska Native communities and other organizations that serve populations at risk for suicide. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK, or 1-800-273-8255) is available around the clock for support and resources.

If you or someone you know needs some support now, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Death by suicide is an extremely complex issue that causes pain to hundreds of thousands of people every year around the world. The objective of this data entry is to contribute to an informed, open debate about ways to prevent suicide. If you are dealing with suicidal thoughts you can receive immediate help by visiting resources such as Suicide.org, or by calling 1-800-SUICIDE in the US.

Every suicide is a tragedy. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Burden of Disease study estimate that almost 800,000 people die from suicide every year.1,2 That’s one person every 40 seconds.

With timely, evidence-based interventions, suicides can be prevented.

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Find more information about the Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Press the button below to call directly or dial 800-273-8255.

Veterans: Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Find more information about the Veterans Crisis Line at www.veteranscrisisline.net. Press the button below to call directly or dial 800-273-8255 and press 1.

Veterans: Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Find more information about the Veterans Crisis Line at www.veteranscrisisline.net. Press the button below to call directly or dial 800-273-8255 and press 1.

In 2020, suicide cost Delaware a total of $130,873,000 combined lifetime medical and work loss cost in 2010, or an average of $1,234,646 per suicide death. SOURCE: CDC

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WORLD | Suicide is more common in men

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Mental Health Distress Among Young Women increased

(2021) Frequent mental distress increased 62% from 13.0% to 21.1% of women ages 18-44 between 2013-2014 and 2018-2019. Source: AHR.

80.9% of communities did not have enough mental health providers

(2021) 80.9% of communities did not have enough mental health providers to serve residents in 2020, according to federal guidelines. Source: AFSP

48.39% Of Firearm Deaths Were Suicides In Delaware

(2021) In 2019, While 48.39% of firearm deaths were suicides, 40.54% of all suicides were by firearms. Source: CDC

TRACKING SUICIDES IN DELAWARE

DELAWARE SUICIDE FACTS

On average, one person died by suicide every three days in Delaware in 2020. SOURCE: CDC

Suicide is the 11th Leading Cause Of Death in the U.S.

(2021) Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fourth-leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19 globally. Source: AHR.

11th Leading Cause Of Death In Delaware

(2021) While Suicide is ranked as the 11th leading cause of death in Delaware, it also the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 10-34 in Delaware. Source: AFSP

2,129 years of potential life lost before age 65

(2021) The total deaths to suicide reflected a total of 2,129 years of potential life lost (YPLL) before age 65. Source: AFSP

TRACKING SUICIDES IN DELAWARE

MORE PEOPLE DIED BY SUICIDE THAN ALCOHOL RELATED CRASHES

More than three times as many people died by suicide in Delaware in 2017 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. The total deaths to suicide reflected a total of 2,642 years of potential life lost (YPLL) before age 65. SOURCE: CDC

If you or someone you know needs some support now, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “HOME” to 741-741.

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