The City of Henderson has been deeply affected by recent public suicides and is focusing efforts on suicide awareness and prevention for our community. According to the American Association of Suicidology 2017 Final Data, Nevada has the 11th highest rate in the nation. Preliminary 2018 data from the Nevada Electronic Death Registry System shows a sharp rise in the suicide rate for youth under 18 years of age in Clark County with a 90% increase in suicide death between 2017 (10 deaths) and 2018 (19 deaths).*
There are steps you can take to make a difference for one person who is considering suicide. You can save a life.
If you are concerned about a family member or friend, ask the questions:
- Have you wished you were dead or whished you could go to sleep and not wake up?
- Have you actually had any thoughts of killing yourself?
- Have you done anything, started to do anything, or prepared to do anything to end your life?
Trust your gut instincts — and if you’re concerned, help get the person to support services that can help. If the person can’t or won’t talk to you, find someone else who can talk with that person.
If you are unsure but still concerned, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to speak with a trained volunteer. Your concern could save a life. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text 741741 or call 911.
* Read the Office of Suicide Prevention's recent data.