Youth Suicide -
Kids who experience domestic violence at home are six times more likely to complete suicide. Also, estimates say that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youth comprise 30% of youth suicides. LGBT youth are also 6-8 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.
Gender, Race & Age - Four times more men than women die by suicide. 72% of all suicides are by white men, most of them over 85. There are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides to one completion; the ratio is higher in women and youth and lower in men and the elderly. Twice as many women than men report a history of attempted suicide.
Stages of Grief:
- Inability to hear or comprehend
- Void of feelings or reactions, numbness
- Confusion, Disorientation, Bewilderment
- Isolation and self-pity
- Constant thoughts about the deceased
- "Going through the motions"
- Cutting off feelings to avoid grief
- Danger of suicide
Suicidal behavior can increase in someone who has a chemical dependency, largely due to the following factors working in combinations.
Stress - Inability to pay the bills, keep a job or maintain social contacts can cause stress.
Isolation - Substance abuse in itself can block communication with significant others, cutting one off from important resources for support.
Depression - Substance abuse can bring on the symptoms of depression.
Depressive Disorders >>
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