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Yes, Talking About Suicide Scares Us
People feel suicidal for countless reasons, some of them understandable, others impossible to fathom--from the death of a loved one, the suffering of some debilitating disease (like cancer or AIDS) or the breakup of a relationship to the perceived loss of respect, status or almost anything (real or imagined). There are as many profiles of the suicidal--for example, being young, an older adult, a workaholic, alcoholic, unemployed, homeless, mentally or emotionally ill--as there are people in our society.
The good news is: Suicide can often be prevented through awareness, education and training. For, it is believed that as many as 75% of the people who attempt suicide do something to let others know what they are feeling before they act. They show warning signs or say something that tells us they are in trouble and need help.
A Few Facts About Suicide
Someone dies from suicide every 15 minutes
Suicide leads to over 36,000 fatalities a year
Over 5,000,000 living Americans have attempted suicide
In fact, more Americans die by their own hands each year than are murdered by someone else. And though suicide impacts the young and the old most strongly, it touches people of every age, culture, social, sexual and religious identity.
Suicide Doesn't Have to Happen
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