Every September, organizations and activists around the world collaborate to observe World Suicide Prevention Day, raising awareness about suicide and providing resources for those suffering from depression.
Today is significant, in part, because despite being so prevalent, mental health issues like depression and suicide still carry social stigmas in many circles. But, recognizing how far reaching these issues are can help more individuals feel comfortable seeking the help they need.
Here are 12 stats you should know on World Suicide Prevention Day.
Every day in America, 105 people die by suicide.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.
The suicide rate in America recently reached a nearly 25-year high.
Suicide kills more Americans than car crashes, making it the No. 1 form of injury-related death.
Across the globe, suicide is the 15th leading cause of death, taking the lives of 800,000 people a year.
One person dies in America by suicide every 13 minutes, and every 40 seconds globally.
In a single year, 8.3 million Americans have suicidal thoughts.
For every person that commits suicide, 25 attempt it.
Around the world, 350,000,000 individuals are affected by depression.
The American Association of Suicidology found that untreated depression is the No. 1 risk for suicide in young people.
More than half of those who attempt suicide talk about their suicidal thoughts and feelings beforehand.
80% of those who seek treatment for depression see improvement within six weeks of getting professional help.
Source: National Institute of Health
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there are people you can speak to right now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open around the clock at 1-800-273-8255.
For more information on how you can receive help for depression and dealing with suicidal thoughts, check out organizations like To Write Love on Her Arms, Suicide.org and Hopeline.com. You’re not alone. There are people waiting to help.
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.