The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many more people who’ve been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.

This year, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. In this brochure, the International Association for Suicide Prevention explains how these three words ‘connect, communicate and care’ are at the heart of suicide prevention and also the theme of the 2019 World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide Facts:

Alaska has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

A person dies by suicide every two days in Alaska, which makes it the fifth leading cause of death in the state.

Ingestions of lethal chemicals like pesticides, suffocation, are the most common methods of suicide; however, firearms still hold the highest in statistics since 2012.

For every suicide, there are 25 attempts.


How to Spot Suicidal Signs:

  • Having trouble with sleep or showing a significant change in sleeping habits.
  • Mood swings or sudden personality changes.
  • Lack of interest in appearance and day-to-day activities.
  • Speaking about suicide or self-harm.
  • Having a fascination with death.
  • Feeling worthless and a burden to others.
  • Bidding farewell to friends and family.
  • Withdrawing from society or having the desire to be left alone.
  • A sudden sense of happiness and calm after being depressed.

Suicide Prevention Resources:

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