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Suicide touches all our lives...


More than 40,000 Americans die by suicide each year.  The suicide rate in Alabama is above the national average. With a completed suicide every 12 hours, suicide takes twice as many lives per year as homicide.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people 15 to 34 years old.

It is a loss that is felt long after the event, leaving families and loved ones asking over and over, "What could we have done? How could we have known?"

Experts say that people who commit suicide do not really want to die; they want to end the pain they are feeling. The decision to end one’s life comes at a time of feeling hopeless and seeing no alternatives. The truth is that these crisis moments do not last forever, and if people can be helped to get through these despairing moments, they may be able to see other possibilities in life.

How to Recognize When Help Is Needed - The person:

  • Talks openly or gives veiled hints about committing suicide.

  • May be depressed and withdrawn.

  • Puts May take steps to put affairs in order.

  • May abuse drugs or alcohol.

  • May have lost a loved one, suffered a major illness or lost his/her job. 

  • May have made previous attempts at suicide.


What can you do to help?

  • Listen and encourage them your friend or loved one to talk.

  • Tell the person you care.

  • Acknowledge their fears, despair or sadness.

  • Provide reassurance, but do not dismiss the problem.

  • Ask if they are thinking of hurting or killing themselves, and if they have a plan.

  • Point out the consequences of suicide for the person and those they leave behind.

  • Ensure they do not have access to lethal weapons or medications.

  • Stay with the person if they are at high risk.

  • Get help from professionals. Offer to go with them to provide support.

  • Provide contact numbers and assist them in calling if necessarythe local or national crisis line number, and stress that someone is there to talk to at any time, day or night.