Facts About Suicide

  • Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the USA, accounting for 1.3% of all deaths

  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds

  • There are four male suicides for every one female; however twice as many women as men attempt suicide

  • Suicide rates are relatively constant for men, age 25-64, but go up significantly after age 65

  • Over 60% of all people who die by suicide suffer from Major Depression. If you include alcoholics who are depressed, the figure rises to over 75%.

  • Death by firearms is the fastest growing method of suicide. Firearms are now used in more suicides than homicides.

  • 25-50% of people suffering from Bi-Polar Disorder will attempt suicide at least once.

  • White males, over the age of 85 have the highest likelihood of being suicidal.

Danger Signals to Watch For

  • People who kill themselves have usually attempted suicide before.

  • People who end up taking their own lives have often talked about it directly or indirectly.

  • Suicidal individuals often arrange to put their affairs in order, pay off debts, and give away keepsakes and heirlooms prior to attempting suicide.

  • Suicidal individuals may start collecting prescription medications with which to overdose themselves.

source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Dr. Gnap

Dr. Gnap is a family practice physician and behavioral medicine specialist in suburban Chicago.  Dr. Gnap developed the Inner Control™ Program in 1970 and has worked with thousands of people to improve and correct medical, emotional, behavioral and learning problems including performance.  He started the Inner Control program because so many patients asked, “what more can be done along with traditional treatment methods?”

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