Education

Lancaster County Suicide Statistics 2012 – 2015

Lancaster County Suicide Statistics 2016

Lancaster County Suicide Statistics 2017 YTD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide.

In 2011 (the most recent year for which data are available), 39,518 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Among 18 to 24 year olds, suicide ranks the 3rd leading cause of death, and the 2nd among persons 25 to 34.

Based on these 2011 statistics, someone in the U.S. died by suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Factors that may increase a person’s risk for suicide

Ways to be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide or engaging in suicidal behaviors

 

If you’re wondering about ways you can prevent suicide, sign up for QPR Suicide Prevention Trainings through Mental Health America of Lancaster County. Read more and register online here.

 

External Resources:

  • The Sanctuary Model
    The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.
  • Fostering Resilience with Kenneth Ginsburg
    Dr. Ginsburg’s work focuses on working with children to help them live up to core values and essential goodness, teaching resilience and confidence to help them thrive.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    A national leader in suicide prevention and awareness headquartered in New York. AFSP funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss.
  • Suicide Prevention in College
    Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. This valuable resource guide on emergency assistance will help educate those to be able to learn the warning signs and prevention of suicide in college students.
  • College Guide For Students With Psychiatric Disabilities
    BestColleges.com published a resource for high school seniors going to college and currently enrolled college students who struggle with mental illness. According to the website, this research was done by “examining instructional strategies, course accommodations, and other campus services designed to serve this population.”
  • Understanding Suicide Prevention
    Read about the facts, signs, risk factors, and other resources that can help with understanding suicide prevention. Published by BestColleges.com.
  • Suicide Prevention in College
    Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. This valuable resource guide on emergency assistance will help educate those to be able to learn the warning signs and prevention of suicide in college students.
  • Moms’ Mental Health Matters
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched Moms’ Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. The NIH has developed free materials in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters and a conversation starter postcard.
  • Drugrehab.com: Substance Abuse and Suicide
    Alcohol and drug abuse are among the leading risk factors for suicide. People with substance use disorders may experience hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, but treatment for addiction has helped find purpose and happiness in life.
  • The Recovery Village:  Personalized Addiction Treatment
    Learn about information and resources for people and families living with addiction and mental health issues.
  • A Parent’s Guide to Suicide Prevention
    Accredited Schools Online teaches critical warning signs and techniques on how to talk to your teen.  Common myths and misperceptions that can steer parents in the wrong direction are also covered, along with information specific to LGBTQ teens.