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Preventing Suicide

Suicide is both a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. The effects of suicide go beyond the person who takes their own life; the trauma of losing someone to suicide has a lasting impact on family, friends, and communities.1 Warning signs include concerning speech (e.g. talking about killing themselves), changes in behavior (e.g. isolating themselves from friends and family), and differences in mood (e.g. depression or anxiety).2 There are several associated risk factors correlated with suicidal behavior like health (e.g. having a serious mental illness), environment (e.g. having access to lethal means), and history (e.g. previous attempts).2  Thankfully, public awareness and prevention efforts in the United States are ramping up. By using a public health approach that addresses risk and protective factors for multiple types of violence, suicide, and other forms of violence, deaths by suicide can be prevented.1

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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