Suicide is preventable. The conditions and stresses associated with
suicide can be treated with professional help. The most important step
in prevention is the recognition of the warning signs of suicide.
Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the United States.
The total number of deaths from suicide in this country is approximately
29,200 per year.
If you suspect that someone you know is suicidal, talk to that person
about it and direct him or her to get professional help. Don't worry
about "giving them the idea." In fact, it can be a great relief
when you discuss suicide openly because it shows you are taking the
The group that is at highest risk for suicide is white males age 65
and older. Men in general have a suicide rate four times that of women.
This is because men use more lethal methods and are less likely than
women to seek help.
Suicide "contagion," following exposure to suicide or suicidal
behaviors within one's family, peer group, or through media reports
of suicide, can result in an increase in suicides and suicidal behaviors.
Suicide risk can be minimized following exposure by having the person
who is at risk evaluated by a mental health professional.
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