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TOO YOUNG TO DIE: PREVENTING YOUTH SUICIDE
In America, a life is lost to suicide every 18 minutes...that's nearly 30,000 people each year. And every minute, another attempt is made...that's 1,500 attempts per day. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people 15 to 24 years of age. Nearly all people (90%) who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder (clinical or manic depression) that is treatable. Therefore, most suicides can be prevented. That's the good news. Most people contemplating suicide don't believe they can be helped, so it's up to YOU to help them...
While some suicides occur without warning, most do not. More often, suicidal individuals give warning signs of their intention and confide their depression or suicidal thoughts to a friend. They talk about suicide directly or indirectly by saying things like "My family would be better off without me," "I wish I was never born" or "I wish my life was over." Unfortunately, because many people often feel that seeking help for a friend would betray a trust, many people who might have otherwise saved a friend or loved one are instead left with the guilt of a friend's death. Don't let this be you.
The most effective way to prevent a friend or loved one from taking their life is to recognize when they are at risk, take the warning signs seriously and know how to respond. Suicide attempts often occur shortly after stressful events: after someone has been disciplined, after a fight with a boyfriend, girlfriend or parent, after a situation that leads to extreme disappointment or rejection, after he or she fails an exam or finds out they didn't get a job. If you believe a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide, tell someone...tell anyone. You may lose your friendship, but you'll save your friend.
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