Suicide is the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally.
In the United States, between 30,000 and 50,000 Americans kill themselves every year. This counts only those who were "successful." Discussing suicide may make us uncomfortable but suicide is far from uncommon. Worldwide over 1,000 people kill themselves every day. Mark Twain wrote, "There are times in every life when we would like to die temporarily." Suicide is a permanent answer to what is often a temporary problem. Those who actually attempt suicide have lost hope – they no longer believe they can solve their problems or ease their pain and see suicide as their only answer.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
It is normal to experience any one or more of these symptoms. If the behavior lasts for more than two weeks it should be treated as possible sign of suicidal feelings.
SUICIDE IS THE 2nd LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG 15 TO 24 YEAR OLDS
What to do
Always take anyone, even children, seriously if they talk about suicide. Talking about suicide is the first visible sign and should never be shrugged off as a need for attention. Suicide is serious and often preventable if the behaviors are recognized.
If you discover someone who has attempted suicide, treat the situation as a medical emergency and get help immediately
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