Know the Facts about Suicide
Suicide is a preventable public health problem. A life is too much to lose.
- Kentucky loses three times as many citizens to suicide as to homicide.
- Kentucky’s suicide death rate is the 17th highest in the nation.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Kentuckians 15 to 34 years old.
- Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for 35 to 54 year olds.
- Our elderly have a higher suicide rate than the national average.
- Firearms caused 66 percent of suicide deaths in Kentucky.
- 2920 suicide attempts resulted in inpatient hospital admissions in
Kentucky during 2003.
Suicide Warning Signs
Recognize what to look for...
Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following suicide warning signs:
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself.
- Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access
to firearms, available pills, or other means.
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.
- Feeling hopeless.
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge.
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities —seemingly without thinking.
- Feeling trapped — like there’s no way out.
- Increasing alcohol or drug use.
- Withdrawing from friends, family and society.
- Feeling anxious or agitated, being unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time.
- Experiencing dramatic mood changes.
- Seeing no reason for living or having
no sense of purpose in life.
Suicide cuts across ethnic, economic, social and age boundaries.