It’s still Suicide Prevention Week and we’re focusing on the acronym S.A.V.E. Earlier this week, I covered “S” for Signs and “A” for Advocate. Today, the “V” is for Victim. Who are the victims of suicide? Anyone can be a victim of suicide. But this is where the signs come in:
Who is a victim of suicide?
- Rape victims
- Cyber bully victims
- Domestic violence victims
- Mentally challenged victims
- Depressed victims
- Homosexuals being bullied
- Men or women who are affected by disease or life threatening illness
Check the stats:
All suicides (in 2010)
- Number of deaths: 38,364
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.4
- Cause of death rank: 10
How does suicide affect the African American community?
As with all racial groups, African American females were more likely than males to
attempt suicide and African American males were more likely to die by suicide.
In 2010, there were 389 African American female suicides. The ratio of African
American male to female was 4.9 to 1. The suicide rate among African American
females was the lowest of all racial/gender groups.
Firearms were the predominant method of suicide among African Americans regardless
of gender and age, accounting for 50.3% of all suicides. Suffocation (predominantly by
hanging) was the second most commonly used method (27.8%).
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