According to the State of Connecticut’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, there were a total of 371 suicides in 2011, while 288 were men and 83 were women. Furthermore, individuals between the ages of 40 and 49 had the most suicides for each gender with a total of 92.
By definition, suicide is the act a person may take in an attempt to cause their own death. It is often committed out of despair, and is typically attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, schizophrenia, or drug abuse. Of course, stress factors relating to relationships and financial difficulties often play a role. Suicide has been named the 10th leading cause of death worldwide and is four times more common in men than women.
Have you or a family member been affected by an individual experiencing suicidal behavior? Could a suicide you experienced been avoided? If this suicide was a result of another individual’s negligent actions or a side effect of a prescription drug, our personal injury lawyers believe the victim may be entitled to a personal injury claim which may qualify for compensation for pain and anguish.
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Signs And Symptoms
There may be many risk factors that contribute to an individual’s attempt to commit suicide, however limiting access to firearms, treating mental illnesses, drug use, and improving economic development can assist in its prevention. In any case, it is important to keep an eye on our friends and family members in order to detect any odd behaviors which take place.
Some signs and symptoms of suicide include:
- Discussion of death or suicide
- Expressing “everyone would be better off without me”
- Getting affairs in order
- Giving away possessions
- Increased drug use or alcohol
- Reckless behavior
If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, or have contemplated suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to speak with you. They can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 at any time.
Causes Of Suicidal Tendencies
There are a number of different risk factors that contribute to suicide; however, they may not necessarily be suicidal. Often times, suicide is committed out of despair or when an individual feels that they have no way out and are unable to seek help.
Some common causes of suicidal tendencies include:
- Bipolar disorders
- Death of a loved one
- Drug abuse
- Financial situations
- Medication side-effects
- Relationship problems
- Stressful situations
Often times, when individuals are involved in traumatic accidents that caused disfigurement, it may also lead to suicidal tendencies. As previously mentioned, if you or a loved one is experiencing any suicidal tendencies, it is imperative to seek medical attention or contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline above.
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