Statewide Events Raise Awareness of
Suicide Prevention in Hawaii;
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Governor David Y. Ige, Proclamation Signing Ceremony in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week
Hawaii data on suicides
• It is estimated that one person dies by suicide in Hawaii every two days.
• Suicide was the most common cause of fatal injuries among Hawaii residents over the five-year period 2010-2015, accounting for nearly one-quarter of all fatal injuries.
• Suicide is the leading cause of death in Hawaii for those ages 15-34, surpassing deaths from cancer, heart disease and other types of injuries.
The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.