Thursday, May 22, 2014

National Prevention Week: Suicide prevention

From the Youth Suicide
Prevention Program
This week is National Prevention Week and today's focus is suicide prevention.  While this blog usually focuses specifically on preventing teen drug use, today's post is about suicide because drugs often play a role.  

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Several factors can put a young person at risk for suicide. However, having these risk factors does not always mean that suicide will occur.
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • History of previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • History of depression or other mental illness
  • Stressful life event or loss
  • Easy access to lethal methods
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others
  • Incarceration"
King County overall has a lower rate of suicide when compared nationally; however, it has recently seen an increase in the number of suicides. In 2010, there were 226 suicide deaths, approximately 25% more than in 2001. The most frequent suicide methods include:
  • Firearms (38%)
  • Poisoning (24%)
  • Suffocation (21%)
  • Cut/Pierce (4%)
Of poisoning-related deaths, drugs and alcohol make up 75% of them nationally.

The local Youth Suicide Prevention Program can provide additional information about prevention, intervention, and links to resources.

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