When people end their lives by suicide, the effects ripple outward to family, friends, coworkers, and communities. Rates of suicide have risen sharply across the United States in recent years.26 Here in Arizona, suicide has become the eighth-leading cause of death for males and 11th for females,27 and we’re 17th in the U.S. among states with the highest suicide rate.28 Our goal is to stem the rate so that fewer Arizonans become part of these statistics.
Help in many forms is available to individuals considering suicide. Life-saving hope may be one phone call away.
When people die as a result of their own deliberate action, it’s considered suicide. “Suicidal ideation” is when a person thinks about, considers, or plans suicide. Suicide often happens when stressors in someone’s life become so intense that they seem unmanageable, unsolvable, and unsurvivable. Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and psychosis often play a role in suicide.
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