September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and is a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized and often taboo topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. The goal is to ensure that scholars, individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
Suicide in Alabama
Fact #1 - The suicide rate (16.4) is much higher than the homicide rate (12.0), both in Alabama and in the U.S.
Fact #2 - In 2018 and 2019, more than 78% of all Alabama suicides were males of all races.
Fact #3 - The most common and most lethal method of suicide is with firearms. The most recent U.S. data (2019) showed that 50% of suicides used firearms. In Alabama, approximately 67.5 % of suicides used firearms during 2019.
So how many suicides have happened in Dallas County?: Current data has not been published yet but in 2019 there were a total of 6 suicides that happened (suicide by gun 3 and suicide by other means 3) (Race/Gender: White male: 4, Black male: 1, and Black female: 1)
- If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.