Suicide prevention logoOne suicide occurs every 40 seconds, claiming 1 million lives worldwide each year. This includes 300,000 Americans, making suicide the third leading cause of death for people age 15 through 24 and the second leading cause for people age 24 through 35. According to the CDC, there is no single cause of suicide, but risk factors can include a history of depression or mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, physical illness, family history, and feeling alone.

 

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In September We Recognize Suicide Prevention

Sep 10, 2014

One suicide occurs every 40 seconds, claiming 1 million lives worldwide each year. This includes 300,000 Americans, making suicide the third leading cause of death for people age 15 through 24 and the second leading cause for people age 24 through 35. According to the CDC, there is no single cause of suicide, but risk factors can include a history of depression or mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, physical illness, family history, and feeling alone.Suicide prevention logo

You can participate in activities to help combat this issue.  The American Association of Suicidology sponsors National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8-14, as part of the recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, sponsored by the  International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

If you are working and struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, your employer’s Human Resources department may be able to provide confidential assistance to employees dealing with these issues.

Suicide is preventable. You can Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide.  If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK).