Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers, schools, military, and entire communities. Sadly, every minute of every day, someone attempts to take their own life and every 14 minutes someone dies by suicide.
We need to know more about suicide and ways to prevent. We also need to help those left behind, the survivors of suicide loss.
Did you know?
The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that 36,909 suicide deaths were reported in the U.S. In 2009.
Every 14.2 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide.
Nearly 1,000,000 people make a suicide attempt every year. Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
Most people with mental illness do not die by suicide.
Recent data puts yearly medical costs for suicide at nearly $100 million (2005). Men are nearly four times more likely to die by suicide than women.
Women attempt suicide three times as often as men. Suicide rates are highest for people between the ages of 40 and 59. White individuals are most likely to die by suicide, followed by Native American people.
An important upcoming event will be taking place here in Iron Mountain at City Park. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will conduct the 4th Annual Dickinson County Out of the Darkness Community Memorial Walk to raise needed funds for research and education. To learn more about the walk, please visit www.outofthedarkness.org
Walk organizers urge the community to join us in remembering our loved ones lost to suicide and those who struggle with depression and mental illness. If you would like participate in the memorial event and start a team, please pre register online at afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1665
One person can make a difference and help stomp out the social stigma of depression, mental illness and suicide.
Help us take a stand to save lives. For info contact Carole Waitrovich & Tina Tappy by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 906-396-7819.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
2012 Walk Co-Chair