WHEN SOMEONE’S LIFE IS ON THE LINE - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County


2-1-1 Texas Answers the Most Difficult Calls
  • September 10, 2021
WHEN SOMEONE’S LIFE IS ON THE LINE - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
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There are an average of 123 suicides each day in this country. It’s the tenth leading cause of death in America — second leading for ages 25-34, and third leading for ages 15-241.

People have become more comfortable talking about their mental health, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the topic of suicide – when it comes up – is still scary for many people to think about.

By offering immediate counseling to everyone who may need it, local call/crisis centers like United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.

Last year, 2-1-1 Texas received 91,338 requests for assistance for mental health and addictions: of those. 17,656 were calls for crisis intervention and suicide2.

Here’s a look at the impact across the U.S.:

Individual Impact3:

  • 78% of all people who die by suicide are male.
  • Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4 times more likely to die by suicide.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
  • Veteran suicides make up about 14 percent of total suicides in America4.
  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.
  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition.

Community Impact3:
Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:

  • 4.8% of all adults.
  • 11.8% of young adults aged 18-25.
  • 18.8% of high school students.
  • 46.8% of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.

Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can take to help others. Also, please spread the word about the United Way 2-1-1 Helpline as an important resource. It’s a helpline and a lifeline. Sometimes literally.

  1. https://nationaltoday.com/national-suicide-prevention-month/
  2. 9/9/20 through 9/8/21
  3. https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/suicide-prevention-awareness-month
  4. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/11/12/suicide-rate-among-veterans-up-again-slightly-despite-focus-on-prevention-efforts/
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