The World Health Organization estimates that
approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. What drives
so many individuals to take their own lives? To those not in the grips
of suicidal depression and
despair, it's difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take
their own lives. But a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see
no other option.
Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering
that has become unbearable. Blinded by feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness,
and isolation, a suicidal person can't see any way of finding relief except
through death. But despite their desire for the pain to stop, most suicidal
people are deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. They wish there was
an alternative to suicide, but they just can't see one.
Additional Facts About Suicide in the US
The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.26
per 100,000 individuals.
Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than
On average, there are 121 suicides per
White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides
Firearms account for almost 50% of all
The rate of suicide is highest in middle age - white men in particular.