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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.

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There is help available:

Suicide Intervention Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
Crisis counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Seven Counties Services Crisis Line: (502) 589-4313 or 1-800-221-0446 
Crisis counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Click here to learn more about suicide in Kentucky (PowerPoint)