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Monday, September 10, 2012

Suicide Prevention Week

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (It is always September 10 with the week, Sunday through Sunday, surrounding it as the celebrated week).  I wanted to share some statistics** as well as ways that you can help to make a difference.

- Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
- It is estimated that there are 8 - 25 attempts per death.
- It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in the US.
- Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people age 15-24.
- 80% of people who seek help are treated successfully.
- The rate of depression is twice as high for Americans making less than $24,000 a year than it is for those who earn above $60,000

Some things you can do to help...
- It is up to all of us to de-stigmatize mental health issues so spread the word and encourage people to get help.
- Learn to recognize the signs of suicide and depression.
- Depression lies. do not believe these lies.
- Everything is replaceable, except you.
- You are loved and needed in the world.

Check out more of my suicide, depression, and mental health awareness posters.

**Stats are from SAVE, Depression Statistics, and CBS News.


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