By: Alex Frascino
Discussions regarding suicide have become noticeably more prevalent now than ever before. There has been a great deal of concern due to growing rates of suicide, especially among youth. The suicide rate has increased from 11.3 suicides per 100,000 people (in 2007) to 12.6 suicides per 100,000 people (in 2013) according to Singer (2017). But what could be causing this increase?
It is difficult to pinpoint one specific cause that could be the cause of this increase, but it is still important to understand that it exists and we can make a difference. There is a taboo and hesitancy around suicide that still exists in our society. Sometimes we may fear that the very discussion will influence people to have or even act upon suicidal thoughts. It is important to recognize that the mere discussion alone does not influence people to act upon any possible suicidal ideation. Rather, we should keep this important information about how to address this matter with a friend or family member in mind.
When addressing the topic of suicide, it is important to know and understand factors that can increase risk. Important factors include: emotional distress, exposure to violence, family conflict, relationship issues, lack of social support, drug/alcohol use, recurrent self-injurious behavior and previous attempts of suicide. These factors do not directly cause someone to complete suicide, however, and several of these can occur simultaneously, which can compound their effect.
If you or someone you love is showing signs of suicidal thought or ideation, contact us to get scheduled for a screening and get on the road to living (and loving) life again!