Suicide awareness and prevention – Counselors should know the signs

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, it is the 10th leading causes of death, and it claims approximately 44,000 people every year. Statistics show that men are more likely to commit suicide than women. And, among youth, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. As a Counselor, you can possibly help students that may be contemplating suicide or having suicidal thoughts by watching for some critical signs. We were alerted to a post that Wristband Resources made by readers, Jessica and Kayla Freeguard.  Here are some links to some key statistics related to suicide that they provided:

As a Counselor, some of the signs you can look for include your student talking about suicide, talking about how they can kill themselves, or being socially withdrawn.

If you believe that someone you know is contemplating taking their own life, it is important to talk to them and look to seek help. An alert person may be the best way to prevent a suicide.

Here are some links they provided on other suicide resources:

We hope this information is helpful in learning about the problem of suicide, and what to look for to see if someone you know may be contemplating suicide. Here is a link to Wristband Resources site –