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Outward appearances may be misleading.

Contributed by Keri Potter

Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.

Contributed by Laura Martinez

This is sad a young girl hung herself because of cyberbullying.

Contributed by Akiel Hunte

As you can see suicide rates are higher than homicide in most age groups, and is mostly higher in older age groups.

Contributed by Akiel Hunte

This incident occurred at my former junior high school.

Contributed by Cheyanne Charette

This video may be sad, but is a definite reach-out for anyone struggling with suicide. The video shows how these struggling may feel and often think.

Contributed by Hanna Barron

Suicide is often linked with a hormonal imbalance that can be caused by any number of things in a person's life. These include changes in medications, a woman's menstrual cycle, and even the food we eat. But what drives the need to end one's own life? Well, some believe that it is the sub-conscious way of crying out for help or for attention in an attempt to fix the problem. Statistics would lead to believe this may be subject to the gender of the victim, due to the fact that women are more likely to use methods that allow for hospitalization or medical help. Where-as men are more likely to use methods that involve a sure-fire method of death.

Contributed by Maria Daniele Barrett

An ABC News story about this epidemic with views directly from the authors who believe this condition might be a pathway to overt suicide. What can be done? Take a look.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

While some individuals clearly claim to be suicidal, others simply have a silent wish to die. They might express this wish by saying it would be all right if they didn't wake up in the morning, or if something bad happened to them. But they wouldn't actually kill themselves--at least not yet. Drs. Michael Church and Charles Brooks of King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, wrote the book "Subtle Suicide: Our Silent Epidemic of Ambivalence about Living" to call attention to this epidemic and suggest some ways to tackle it.

Contributed by Sammo Lea