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Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th, 2018

Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

 September 10, 2018

Annually, suicide claims more lives than car crashes. It is the second leading cause of death for young adults between the ages of 25 and 42, says the CDC. Sadly, someone dies from suicide every 13 minutes. According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 8 million individuals struggle with a mental disorder and substance abuse.  42.7% of this 8 million were between the ages of 26 and 42

In 2016, SAMHSA stated there were more than 41,000 suicides. 22% of reported suicides in involved alcohol intoxication. 20% of reported suicides showed the presence of opiates (including heroin and prescription pain killers). 10% showed the presence of marijuana. Nearly 5% showed the presence of cocaine. 3% showed the presence of amphetamines. Individuals who have a Substance Use Disorder (SUDs) are identified as a population who are at increased risk of suicide.

“Acute alcohol intoxication is present in about 30-40 percent of suicide attempts… In 2011, approximately 230,000 emergency department visits resulted from drug-related suicide attempts, and almost all involved a prescription drug or over the counter medication,” says SAMHSA. The article continues, “The number of emergency room visits for drug-related suicide attempts increased 51 % overall from 2005 to 2011, and more than doubled among people ages 45-64.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, mental disorders or thoughts of suicide, it is important to seek help. Fieldview at Holland offers a safe place with dually-trained (addictions and mental health) counselors on staff and a 24/7 staffed medical team. However, if we aren’t the place for you, there are many other options.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


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