Suicide is a leading cause of death—but it's preventable

Every 12.8 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide. It's a cause that hits close to home here at FOX 2 which is why we have teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness.
 
Every fall the AFSP hosts the Out of the Darkness Walk to prevent suicide, raise funding and awareness.  AFSP works to change the conversation that surrounds depression and other mental disorders. At least 90 percent of all people who died by suicide were suffering from a mental illness at the time, most often depression. FOX 2 is proud to be the media sponsor for the local Out of the Darkness Walk!   Find the Out of the Darkness Walk near you here.
 
With each step at the Out of the Darkness Walks, participants save lives, honor loved ones lost to suicide and raise funds for AFSP's mission. AFSP is is the leader in the fight against suicide. They fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. The local chapter can be found here.  
 
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
 
If you have young ones asking about suicide, here is a guide on how to explain it to them.
 
SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS
People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.
 
If a person talks about:
  • Killing themselves.
  • Having no reason to live.
  • Being a burden to others.
  • Feeling trapped.
  • Unbearable pain.
 
Behavior
  • A person's suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it's related to a painful event, loss, or change.
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means.
  • Acting recklessly.
  • Withdrawing from activities.
  • Isolating from family and friends.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Aggression.
 
Mood
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods.
  • Depression.
  • Loss of interest.
  • Rage.
  • Irritability.
  • Humiliation.
  • Anxiety.
 
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
 
Learn more about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here:  AFSP Home Page 

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