Suicide means ending your own life. It is sometimes a way for people to escape pain or suffering. When someone ends their own life, we say that they “died by suicide.” A “suicide attempt” means that someone tried to end their life, but did not die.
A suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. No matter the race or age of the person, how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people who die by suicide have a mental or emotional disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression—30 to 70 percent of people who commit suicide suffer from major depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder.
Eight out of ten people considering suicide give some sign of their intentions. People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide, or call suicide crisis centers are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.
Know the Signs
These signs do not necessarily mean the person is considering suicide, but several of these symptoms may signal a need for help.