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On a more serious side… 

“Knowledge is power.” That’s really the case when it comes to mental health. A little education goes a long way to understanding what you or someone you know is going through and getting and past any shame to decide to talk to someone.  This post is in honor those who are going through it, have been through it, or know someone who is.  Because there is hope, and there is help. 

Here’s a song & video to all of those who have lost a loved one due to suicide.  The Fray – “How To Save A Life“.

Check out www.mpoweryouth.org, a site for youth & others to learn about and find help for issues such as suicide, depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, etc. 

  • Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 1% of all deaths

  • More years of life are lost to suicide than to any other single cause except heart disease and cancer

  • 30,000 Americans commit suicide annually; an additional 500,000 Americans attempt suicide annually

  • The actual ratio of attempts to completed suicides is probably at least 10 to 1

  • 30% to 40% of persons who commit suicide have made a previous attempt

  • The risk of completed suicide is more than 100 times greater than average in the first year after an attempt – 80 times greater for women, 200 times greater for men, 200 times greater for people over 45, and 300 times greater for white men over 65

  • Suicide rates are highest in old age: 20% of the population and 40% of suicide victims are over 60. After age 75, the rate is three times higher than average, and among white men over 80, it is six times higher than average

  • Substance abuse is another great instigator of suicide; it may be involved in half of all cases. About 20% of suicides are alcohol abusers, and the lifetime rate of suicide among alcoholics is at least three or four times the average. Completed suicides are more likely to be men over 45 who are depressed or alcoholic.

  • For more information or to get help, go to: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/suicide.  If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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    Written by Jaime

    thUTCp31UTC10bUTCTue, 09 Oct 2007 02:48:48 +0000 11, 2008 at 2:48 am

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