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Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Risk factors include mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance abuse — including alcoholism and the use of benzodiazepines. Those who have previously attempted suicide are at a higher risk for future attempts. Even though crisis hotlines are common, there is little evidence for their effectiveness.

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Everyday, there are people in the world who go unheard. Don't be afraid to speak out!

Contributed by Akena Cummings

The United States suicide rate is so high, because people do not want to believe that something is wrong with them, or their child. People like this drive mentally ill people to suicide. Having a mental illness does not mean that anything is wrong with you; it does not mean that you are different or bad. Everyone struggles with their own problems; but some are more serious than others. By neglecting our children’s mental health, we might as well be killing them ourselves. Telling yourself that your child is mentally sane, when they are not, is only hurting them and making their lives harder. If parents would just take a minute to talk with their children, to ask them how they are doing, suicide rates would drop tremendously.

Contributed by Kaqte McClellan

this goes out to anybody who is feeling like there is no hope left. taking your life away isn't the way to solve it. just because you won't feel pain anymore doesn't mean that your family and loved ones won't. they will feel it forever. you'll get through this, i promise, i did.

Contributed by Kristy Chimenti

The Hopeful Owl

You can get help, but you're the one deciding to stay strong. You still have hope.

Contributed by Le Hoang

To Write Love on Her Arms is an organization that reaches out to help those not only considering suicide, but are harming themselves in other ways as well

Contributed by Ashley Nichole Morris

There is hope. Suicide is 100% preventable.

Contributed by Allison Crist

Frightening Stats

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

Requiem - A Short Film About Teen Suicide

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

"A small study suggests there may be a biological marker for those who think about or try to commit suicide. Anthony explains this crazy, controversial claim and what it could mean for the way we treat mental illness. "

Contributed by Stephanie Le

gone but never forgotten

This is a photo of my brother and his daughter. My brother killed himself in 2007. It was so unexpected. He was so outgoing and had so many friends...but he lived a hard life. He battled drug addiction which led him into getting into trouble He was in and out of prison. Just when things were starting to seem like they were getting better, he gave up hope. I miss him very much and always will. Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem. I will never understand why he did it, but just hope he is finally at peace

Contributed by Desire Nicole

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