Between the 29th of June and the 30th of July EntreHub will be a running a series highlighting people and organisations working in the field of suicide prevention. In Australia more than 2,500 people die as a result of suicide each year while in the United States the number is in excess of 40,000. Here at EntreHub we believe that these stories and these people matter. Please help us spread the word.
In 2014, there were 42,773 deaths by suicide in the United States. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death; homicide ranks 17th. It is the second leading cause of death for 15 - 24 year olds. Some other important facts:
There is one death by suicide in the US every 12.3 minutes. (CDC)
Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
Suicide takes the lives of over 38,000 Americans every year. (CDC)
Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)
80% -90% of adolescents that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TADS)
When it comes to suicide prevention in the United States you cannot go past Dr Julie Cerel. Dr. Cerel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Her research has focused on suicide bereavement, suicide attempt survivors and suicide prevention. She completed her PhD from The Ohio State University, an internship and post-doctoral fellowship from West Virginia University and a post-doctoral fellowship specifically in suicide prevention from University of Rochester. She currently serves as President-Elect of the American Association of Suicidology and has also served as Research Division Chair and Board Chair. She is the author of over 35 academic publications and co-author of Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved. Her work has been funded by the Military Suicide Research Consortium from the U.S. Department of Defense, the CDC, SAMHSA, SPAN-USA and AFSP. She is a Board member and former chair, Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, Inc. and Editorial Board Member, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
We asked Julie for her five top motivations for working to prevent suicide:
More than half of us know someone who has died by suicide
Each suicide leaves behind hundreds of people who knew the person who died. It is #not6.
Feeling close to the person who died by suicide, not just family relationship, is the most important predictor of who will have problems following the loss.
We just don't know what services are needed by people bereaved by suicide-whether therapy or groups or something else is what works best.
I want to leave a world for my daughter in which less people she cares about are affected by suicide.
We also asked Julie for two things we can all do every day when it comes to suicide prevention and this is what she told us:
Talk to people you know-figure out that most of us know someone who has been impacted by suicide attempts or deaths. Ask people "is there someone close to you who attempted or died by suicide"?
Check in on people who are at risk- this is most prevalent for loss and attempt survivors. It is okay to talk to them about their experiences.
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