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We Work to Eliminate Suicide in VT

OUR MISSION

To create health-promoting communities, in which people have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources to reduce the risk of suicide in VT

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Resources for Data: American Association
of Suicidology 2015

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What We Know about Suicide

Nationally and in Vermont


Suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals and families of all ages, socio-economic groups, and of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Social attiĀ­tudes about suicide influence the ability of people to get the help they need and often make it difficult to offer support after an attempt or death.


Nationally, more than 40,000 people take their own lives each year which amounts to 13 per 100,000 people. In Vermont in recent years, there have been 107 suicides annually for a rate of almost 17 deaths per 100,000 people. This is higher than the combined number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents, homicides and drownings in Vermont.

 

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Vermont between the ages of 10 and 24. When young people die by suicide, they leave behind those who love them. When a suicide occurs it affects an entire community. Society loses what those young people would have achieved and contributed, if they had lived full adult lives. There are at least 25 medically serious suicide attempts for every young person who dies by suicide, which translates to hundreds of attempts by young Vermonters every year. We want our young people to know that they matter in each Vermont community.


Risk factors for suicide include depression and other mental health diagnoses or a substance-abuse disorder, often in combination with a mental disorder. More than 90% of people who die by suicide have these risk factors. Other risk factors include prior suicide attempt; firearms in the home; exposure to suicide behavior; and family history of suicide, mental disorders or substance abuse; and family violence.

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