Suicide Among Women and Young Adults

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In United States, the number of people committing suicide increases, however, the number of people who thinks of committing suicide is much evident, according to a new federal survey.

Suicidal is a health issue that needs immediate attention. It should not be taken for granted because people who commit suicide, even those who are just thinking of doing it are in need of medical and psychological intervention.

According to the new survey, that in a one (1) year span of time, there are about over eight (8) million of adults in United States who actually considered the thought of killing themselves. A more bothering issue is that about greater that two (2) million of the population already set up their plans for a successful suicidal event.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, “suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. In 2007, it was the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 34,598 deaths.1 The overall rate was 11.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people.1 An estimated 11 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death.”

“However, suicide and suicidal behavior are not normal responses to stress; many people have these risk factors, but are not suicidal. Research also shows that the risk for suicide is associated with changes in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Decreased levels of serotonin have been found in people with depression, impulsive disorders, and a history of suicide attempts, and in the brains of suicide victims.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned about prevention measures which can be use to help those people who have the tendency to commit suicide. According to the organization, the causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple factors. The goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience. In addition, CDC conducted a study which reveal that among the American population, those individuals who are more likely to consider thoughts of actually committing suicide are the women less than 30 years old, Caucasians.

The survey examined and analyzed data which were dated 2008 to 2009. The findings reported that there are over one (1) million individuals, who are adults, attempted to do suicide. These figures show that it is already troublesome not only for the government, but also to the every people that they should watch out their friends, families, and neighbors. Suicide is preventable, especially if the person was given immediate attention. In addition, the place where most of the individuals reported to have attempts in committing suicide was noted in Rhode Island. It has one in every 67 adults who are attempting to commit suicide.

Dr. Alex E. Crosby, a CDC epidemiologist and one of the authors of the study said: “The burden of the problem is not just with those who die,” finding the most vulnerable populations and making necessary interventions which could help save life.

Those individuals who have already attempted to commit suicide are more likely to have the same thoughts again and consummate this into real actions. Thorough guidance and counseling is needed and necessary in order to help these individuals.




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