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Suicide Awareness – Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Suicide Awareness – Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Every 17 minutes a person dies by suicide; 86 people take their own life each day; and another 1,500 attempt suicide in the United States.

THE REALITY OF SUICIDE IN ILLINOIS

  • More than 1,000 Illinoisans die each year by suicide
  • Death by suicide in Illinois averages 2.9 every day
  • Suicide attempts in Illinois average 16.7 every day.
  • 13 percent of suicide deaths in Illinois occur among individuals 70 year or older
  • 6.5 percent of suicide deaths in Illinois occur among individuals 15 to 19
  • People 15 to 19 have the highest suicide attempt rate for all ages groups in Illinois
  • The suicide attempt rate for females is 45 percent higher than males in Illinois
  • Suicide rates are 4.4 times higher for males than females in Illinois
  • Firearms are the leading method of suicide; suffocation is the second leading method while poisoning is the third.

SUICIDE IN THE UNITED STATES

Approximately 6 immediate family members and close friends are affected by each suicide.

For every adolescent suicide, there are an estimated 100 to 200 suicide attempts.

For every adult suicide, there are an estimated 25 attempted suicides.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 24.

Suicide is the fourth major cause of death for adults 18 to 65.

Veterans are at increased risk of suicide.

Mental health diagnoses are generally associated with a higher risk of suicide.

Approximately 90% of people who completed suicide suffered from 1 or more mental disorders.

The risk of suicide is increased by more that 50 percent in depressed individuals.

Remember, suicide doesn’t care who or what you are in life.

QPR: QUESTION PERSUADE & REFER

QUESTION:    Don’t be afraid o ask if someone is considering suicide.

:    Use strong words:  “I want you to live.”  Use strong ears:  Listen.

REFER:            9-1-1, if necessary.  1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE

As CAP members, we are called to have Courage, show Compassion and use Common sense.

PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF OUR WING QPR RESOUCE PERSONNEL AS NOTED ON THE WING CHAPLAIN STAFF BIOGRAPHY OR OUR CISM DIRECTOR, JUDY HEALY WITH ANY QUESTIONS/NEEDS/CONCERNS.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

  • Winston Churchill
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