Do you have any statistics as far as the suicide rate for youth, adults and seniors? Also, any research on a certain time of year where there is a spike (increase) in suicides?
Suicide rates tend to be higher in the spring months, peaking in April and are below average during the winter months with the lowest rate in December. In Fairfax, our rates tend to be lower than the rest of the state and the nation. You can access specific data around suicide at the Virginia State Medical Examiner's office. You can also check out our local youth survey results (that includes depression and suicidal thoughts) at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/youthsurvey. We continue to focus our efforts around suicide prevention because every individual who dies by suicide is a loss to all of us. Suicide is often preventable when we are able to recognize warning signs and offer help. Anyone in the community can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs, some of which are loss of interest in school or regular activities, withdrawal from friends or family, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, self-blame or guilt, angry or irritable mood, feeling that there is no way out; need to escape, talking about not being around. Talking to someone about suicide will not cause them to act on their feelings. If you do talk to someone you suspect is thinking about suicide, it is important to talk without negative judgment and with confidence. This can be a hard conversation but, in fact, talking directly to a person can open lines of communication and can save a person's life.