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What to Do If You Suspect that a Loved One is Suicidal

October 14th, 2019

Someone dies by suicide in the United States every 12 minutes. The next time you’re in a café, grocery store, or surrounded by your family and friends, consider the reality that depression—a leading cause of suicidal ideation—affects 20 to 25 percent of Americans over 18. The number of people suffering from emotional pain who consider, […]

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Three Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Suicide

September 9th, 2018

Too many lives have been touched by suicide. This Suicide Awareness Week (September 9-16), consider these three things you can do to help prevent this tragedy. Open your ears and extend compassion. Being willing to listen to someone is a quiet but significant gesture of support. Be present with the person struggling as a nonjudgmental […]

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Suicide Prevention: Who is at Risk and How to Get Help

June 12th, 2018

Substance abuse can have detrimental effects on one’s health, interpersonal relationships, and finances. It can also turn deadly, as substance abuse has a frightening association with suicide. Researchers have found that approximately 90 percent of individuals who commit suicide meet the diagnostic criteria of at least one mental illness. Since mental illness is a common […]

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A Few Reasons We are Talking About “13 Reasons Why”

May 26th, 2017

Whether you loved it or hated it, chances are you’ve watched, read, or heard about 13 Reasons Why. The popular novel turned Netflix mini-series has caused a stir among parents, teens, schools, the media, and so on. The show revolves around high school student Hannah Baker who leaves behind 13 cassette tapes detailing her reasons for […]

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How to Help Someone Who Is In Crisis

September 26th, 2016

Everyone faces emotional challenges. Everyone deals with stress, and everyone goes through ups and downs. But for some people, those challenges, those ups and downs, and that stress is tougher to deal with. How can you tell if someone is just going through a tough time, or if they are on the verge of harming […]

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National Suicide Prevention Month

September 23rd, 2016

It’s the brutal truth that when a loved one or friend commits suicide, those left behind struggle with shock, guilt, regret, and sometimes even anger. Why did that friend, child, parent, spouse, or sibling do such a thing? Even when the person leaves a suicide note, it often doesn’t answer everyone’s questions. Dr. Alexander Lickman, […]

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Facts about suicide

September 10th, 2016

Consider these facts about suicide from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,  the National Institute of Mental Health and The World Health Organization (WHO): It is estimated that each year approximately one million people die from suicide across the world. In America, each year 42,773 people commit suicide, accounting for 117 suicides per day. Suicide is the tenth leading […]

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Suicide Prevention: What You Can Do

September 11th, 2013

You may think suicide will never affect your life. But suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with one suicide occurring on average every 14 minutes. With those odds, chances are very high that it will touch your life sometime, somehow. That’s why the American Association of Suicidology sponsors National […]

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