Survivors of Suicide-Depression Support Project in Second Life.
Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.
Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year. Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
Suicide rates in the United States are highest in the spring.
Over half of all suicides are completed with a firearm.
Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65. For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC)
Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed. The highest suicide rate is among men over 85 years old.
There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion.
The highest suicide rate is among men over 85 years old.
The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression. Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide.
By 2010, depression will be the #1 disability in the world. (World Health Organization)
In 2004, 32,439 people died by suicide. (CDC). Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 15th). (CDC)
An average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. (CDC, AAS)
There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS). There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt. (CDC, AAS)
According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana).
The Good News:
Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention. 80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully. It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. (AAS)
What we can do in Second Life:
We can band together and offer education and support to everyone. We can try and touch as many lives positively as possible as a group.
The Survivors of Suicide-Depression support project in sl is such a group. We offer:
Survivors of Suicide Depression Support group offers
* Daily positive living and healing articles
* 24/7 Peer support via the groups chat
* Join a community that understands what you are going through, as the are also
* Education about depression and depression related issues
* Referrals to real life resources
* Don't be alone
Who can join us:
* Anyone! We are open to anyone who needs support, has needed support, has lost a loved one to suicide, who has depression, who wants to help in the fight against depression and suicide.
Look us up inworld at:
Join the Survivors of Suicide Group inworld.
If you have any questions feel free to contact: Krissy Sinclair