- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. each year.
- 44,965 Americans die by suicide each year.
- For every suicide, there are 25 attempts.
- On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
- Males die by suicide 3.53 times more often than females.
*Statistics found by the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.
Suicide is a topic we would all like to avoid. It is heartbreaking, it is terrifying, and it is complicated. Thankfully, our digital world provides many resources for those of us in need. Whether we are in crisis ourselves, recognize that a friend or family member may be contemplating suicide or if we need a safe place to talk about and explore our thoughts and feelings, there are sites and apps for us to find and get the support we need.
The most valuable online resource for anyone dealing with a crisis situation is The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They provide free and confidential support 24/7. Not only do they provide a phone number (1-800-273-TALK), but they also have a “Lifeline Chat” feature, where you can text message a counselor in real time. Their website is very user friendly and gets straight to the point on how to help yourself or someone you love. The site links you to resources, action plans, and lists several social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope and gives you step-by-step instructions on how to report possibly dangerous online behavior.
#BeThe1To describes itself as a movement to prevent suicide. Their goal is to spread the message and to connect people who have been impacted by suicide, as well as suicide prevention. By using the hashtag #BeThe1To, they want to spread the 5 Steps of How to Help a Person in Crisis on social media. The website itself has tons of videos, stories and links to local resources. And the site is not all bad news. They have very uplifting and inspiring videos from suicide attempt survivors that feel very real, not hokey.
MY3 App is an app that helps you, “define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.” It puts your contacts, resources and support sites all in one place. When you are in crisis, accessing help quickly may make all the difference.
MoodTools has a number of apps that focus on helping people lift themselves out of a downward spiral with tools such as a Suicide Safety Plan, a Depression Test and a Mood Diary.
Pacifica is less of a suicide crisis app, but it helps you manage stress, anxiety and depression with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and mood tracking. The CBT and mood tracking may be particularly useful to those who may be starting to recognize beginning signs of possible mental health issues.
Again, Project B3 thinks that the absolute best resource is The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is loaded with information and strategies for those searching to answer questions, for people that have no prior experience with mental illness and those in crisis situations. If you or a loved one are struggling with thoughts of suicide, do not hesitate to act. Get help as soon as possible.