This represents a major, preventable public health problem.
While risk factors including mental and substance abuse disorders, family history of suicide, firearms in the home and incarceration, suicide can affect anyone.
Although the underlying causes to suicidal thoughts and attempts of a person can seem overwhelming, there are several ways that you can help with prevention efforts. There is no typical suicide victim; however, there are some common characteristics. It can be difficult, but try to approach your friend from a non-judgmental place, not debating whether suicide is right or wrong.
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Suicide was a leading cause of death in the United States in 2013, representing 41,149 deaths.
In 2013, there were 249 suicide deaths, approximately 18% more than in 2004. If you see these warning signs in a close friend, take them seriously.
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