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Suicide second leading cause of death among college students


Research from the World Health Organization shows that over one million people commit suicide per year. As a result, suicide proves to be the leading cause of death amongst teenagers and adults under the age of 35.

Hence, a shocking "global" mortality exists: 16 per 100,000 people, or one death every 40 seconds.

Sunday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Sept. 15 mark the annual National Suicide Prevention Week, enveloping World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.

Suicide Prevention Week commemorates all those individuals who are working to prevent suicides and foster awareness about suicidal manners.

Suicide is a multifaceted problem that encompasses a morbidly vast majority of the world's population.

According to the U.S.A. Suicide: 2009 Official Final Data, an average of 101.1 suicides occur daily nationwide, a national suicide rate of 12.0. These statistics are further broken down to show that approximately 79.97 males and 21.4 females commit suicide per day.

As a new generation develops, it is imperative to take part in preventing suicide and raising awareness. The Official Final Data says the youth suicide rate is alarmingly increasing. Data shows that an estimated 12.0 young adults (ages 15-24) commit suicide per day.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. They estimate more than 1,000 college students commit suicide each year.

Data collected on the campuses of Big 10 universities indicates that the suicide rate for female students is considerably less than that of male students. However, women attempt suicide three times more often than males.

Illinois Department of Public Health claims 71 percent of female suicides and 68.7 percent of male suicides occured in the 20-29 age group with 87 percent of deaths being white students.

The most important step is to educate the public about the warning signs of suicide.

These may include drawing of a will, getting affairs in order, suddenly visiting family members and friends, buying suicidal instruments (such as guns, hose, rope or medications). Additional signs may include a sudden or significant decline or improvement in mood, or composing a suicide note.

Contrary to popular belief, many people do not discuss their plans of suicide with their therapists, mental health professionals, family members or friends.

Call 911 or seek immediate help from a mental health professional if you hear someone threatening to harm or kill themselves, is looking for a way to kill themselves or is talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.

Contact a mental health professional or phone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) if you witness anyone with one or more of the following behaviors: hopelessness, rage, anger, seeking revenge, acting restless or engaging in risky activities, feeling trapped, increasing alcohol or drug abuse, withdrawal from friends, family, or society, axiety, depression, insomnia, or excessive sleeping.

If you are considering suicide, remember you are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) for help. Or visit the American Association of Suicidology online at

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