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Jocelyn Anaya, Staff Reporter

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Every year about 59 percent of deaths are a result of suicide. The major cause of suicide is due to depression. 28 billion Americans suffer depression ever year. In most cases suicide violence is connected to people self harming themselves, so often times there are some warning signs.

A a suicide attempt is when people intent on ending their life survives their attempt to take their own life.

“Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk,” stated the National Institute of Mental Health.

According Suicide Awareness Voices of Education suicide is most common among males. Male deaths represent 79 percent of US suicides. 51 percent of males most likely use firearms to end their lives.

Females are most likely to have suicidal thoughts than males. Poison is used commonly with women as a method for suicide. Young people that are lesbian, gay, and bisexual who come from families and people around them that don’t approve their life style are 8 times more likely to commit suicide.

Being aware of suicidal feelings and signs can help prevent these drastic measures. Below are some warning signs that show suicidal feelings.

“People having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.
These are some of the feelings and thoughts people experience in crisis. If you or a friend are feeling this way, call us anytime at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” States Suicide Prevention Life.

Finding someone to talk to can be difficult for the individual.

Here are some tips that may help. Be willing to listen and accept the feelings. Listen to what that person has to say. This  might help them feel more confident talking to other people about why the feel the way they are. Don’t be shocked because if you do they will put a distance between you. Take action if your worried about that person. Remove my weapons or pills. Getting help from social workers, teachers, friends, adults, or suicide prevention can change peoples lives. If they are shy or scared go with them. They might feel more confident and calm to talk to someone if your with them.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tel:1-800-273-8255

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