- Over 32,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
- In 2005 (latest available data), there were 32,637 reported suicide deaths.
- Suicide is fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years in the U.S., with approximately 26,500 suicides.
- Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.
- A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the United States. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute.
- Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
- There are four male suicides for every female suicide, but twice as many females as males attempt suicide.
- Every day, approximately 80 Americans take their own life, and 1,500 more attempt to do so.
As the staff continued to talk, I greatly anticipated the part of the program when they read off the list of names that have passed on. The reason why I had anticipated this portion of the program was due to the fact that I had visited the table where this list was and I gently signed a great friend of mines name. Hearing her name over the load speakers raised every hair on my body and filled my eyes with tears. I was not only there to sport my campaigns t-shirt but also to hold up a poster size picture of my friend. At the end of the list I looked around at my group to see their eyes filled with tears but their faces filled with pride, I could tell that it was worth it to get out of bed that morning. Before walking some of the staff released balloons into the air as a sign to show all our friends and relatives who have passed that we still were thinking of them.
The walk went by quickly and at the end of it everyone was happy to say they had participated. On the way home I had took another glance at the picture of my beautiful friend and realized that today Oct. 5 was her 1st year anniversary. I had to point it out to the group. We continued to have a discussion on how good of a person she was, how her smile brightened up everyone’s day, and how the craziest part about this all was that she committed suicide a week before I had begun my campaign. The whole hour home was filled with tears and laughter about fun times with her.
One thing that really stood in my mind was a comment that one of the girls had made about people who commit suicide stay in “limbo”, a place between Heaven and Hell. I don’t know how much of that is true but it interests enough that I had to write a blog about it.
I would find it exciting to know what other people taught about this. Is there really a “limbo”? Or do I sound crazy?
I don’t know what this has to do with journalism but I did spend some hours on trying to figure out how to tie suicide prevention to journalism and still I came up with nothing but practice and a good story to cover.