Who May Be Suicidal?
Suicide is a response to an unbearable, long term and unceasing pain that robs the sufferer of any sense of hope. The ending of life seems to the sufferer to be the way left. To an outsider, the problems or issues of with the suicidal may not seem to call for such drastic action. The suicidal person however, is looking at his/her situation from a different perspective. This view is much darker from the inside than it is from the outside. In order to help the person whose depression or fears are so great as to lead him or her to consider that final step, we need to consider his or her view and deal with that view seriously.
Suicidal behavior is found in all segments of the population in America. While some groups of the population show a higher rate of suicidal behavior, it is well to remember that no group is safe. Suicidal risk is higher in adolescents, middle aged white men, and the elderly. Males are more prone than are females. Whites are more likely to commit suicide than African Americans. A number of demographics can be cited regarding group risk. In the end however, suicide is a singular event completed by an individual. Prevention of suicidal behavior begins at that level.