According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) the suicide rate among the US working-age population increased by 34 percent between 2000 and 2016. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and is a contributing factor to the recent decrease in the life expectancy rate. In addition, according to the CDC, in 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among people between the ages of 35 and 54. In fact, in 2016 there were twice as many suicides in the US as there were homicides. According to research, mental health issues, relationship problems, substance abuse, physical health problems, money issues, job stress, legal problems, and housing problems were all contributing factors to the risk of suicide.
Suicidal thoughts are a symptom, not a solution
Suicidal thoughts are a common symptom of depression. In fact, the more depressed a person is, the more frequent and intense their thoughts of dying tend to be. Whether the depression is brought about by acute stressors such as job loss or by chronic stressors such as ongoing physical health issues, depression can be treated. Most people find that once the stressor has been resolved and their depression has diminished, they no longer have thoughts of dying. As a result, it is often helpful to remember that suicidal thoughts are a symptom of depression and not a solution.
Intervention is important
If help is provided, suicides can often be prevented. Some interventions that are helpful include:
- Learn more about the causes of depression and suicidal thoughts.
- Learn to recognize warning signs of suicide.
- Remove access to lethal weapons or medications that can be used to overdose.
- Get support.
- Get professional help.
New Dimensions Can Help!
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.
Our affiliate, MHThrive, provides Individual Therapy, Couples and Marriage Counseling, and Family Therapy at our locations in Katy, The Woodlands, and the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. We also provide telehealth therapy for anyone who resides within the State of Texas. To schedule an appointment with one of the MHThrive therapists, contact us at 713-477-0333 or visit www.mhthrive.com to learn more.