The pandemic affects not only our physical health but also our mental health. Because of the uncertain future under COVID-19, depression rates may spike across the world. Taking care of our mental health, as well as our loved ones’ mental health, should be another priority during the pandemic.
US Suicide Rates
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline says that suicide is the number two cause of death for people between 10 to 24 years old. Meanwhile, the CDC says that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among the general population.
More data say that since 1999, suicide rates in the US have surged by 35%. Globally, nearly 800,000 people die of suicide every year. The World Health Organization also said that, across the world, one person dies of suicide every 40 seconds.
How to Know if Someone Is Suicidal
CNN reports that there are many warning signs when a person plans to end their life. Get help if you see these flags:
- Talking about killing themselves
- Researching ways to end their life
- Talking about hopelessness
- Talking about having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling unbearable pain
- Increased consumption of alcohol or drugs
- Talking about being a burden
- Reckless or agitated behavior
- Sleeping too little
- Withdrawing from others
- Extreme mood swings
It’s essential to know these warning signs so that you can get help quickly.
How to Seek Help
Immediately, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The lifeline offers 24 hours of support for seven days, for people in distress or at risk of suicide.
Most importantly, never leave the person at risk alone. At worst, take them to the emergency room and talk to a medical or mental health professional.