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Suicide is a common and one of the leading causes of death to young adults and teens in the USA. Suicide is often a last resort for people who feel that there is nothing left to live for due to outside forces and personal issues like depression or anxiety. Most suicidal people will not get the help they need and deserve. Here is some information that may be helpful to you, a friend, or a family member.

If you or a friend feel like suicide is the answer please go to these resources

Why Suicide Is A Serious Issue
  • about 30,000 people commit suicide each year
  • many people who make a suicide attempt won't get help from a professional
  • by now, suicide in teens and young adults has almost tripled
  • more than 50% of suicides are men aged 25-65
  • suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15-24
  • 38,548 people thought of or attempted suicide in 2008

How to tell if a friend or someone close to you may be considering suicide
  • Saying life isn't worth living
  • Saying how others would be better off without them (family, friends, etc)
  • Writing goodbye notes
  • Making a plan
  • Giving things away
  • Joking about killing themselves

How to help a friend or family member who is suicidal
  • Tell them that you care and are willing to help
  • Tell a trusted adult about their intents
  • Listen to them
  • Call a crisis center or 911 if they are in immediate danger