Suicide is very often a cry for help, not a wish to die and it can be prevented
This is so very often a “high risk” time as the person may find it easier to attempt suicide as they begin to feel better.
For every 5 people who take their own lives the vast majority have one or two previous attempts.
Most suicides happen in late afternoon/evening.
Talking about suicide is in fact a cry for help and a warning sign that always must be listened to and acted upon.
Alcohol and drugs are very often a contributory factor in suicide.
Recent significant events may precipitate a suicide, for example relationship breakdown or job loss.
Many people give warning signs of their suicidal intentions.
At the moment Ireland ranks 4th in the EU/OECD area for suicide rates amongst teens. (UNICEF)
392 people took their own lives in this country in 2017. This figure is down up by 2.4% on last year with 312 men and 80 women which shows men are four times more likely to take their own life than women . (Central Statistics Office 2017)
“The recession has had a huge impact on people’s wellbeing. Those who lose their jobs, experience a drastic reduction in their income or are in danger of losing their home experience a lot of anxiety, despair and depression. Relationship difficulties and marriage breakdown can follow on from that. We should be identifying and responding to these problems in the community as quickly as possible. The true figure for suicides would be closer to 600 when “undetermined” deaths were taken into account”.(IAS)
Depression and undiagnosed depression can often be associated with suicide.
1 in 5 people in this country will suffer from depression at some point in their lives. (Lean on me)