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The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. What drives so many individuals to take their own lives? To those not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it's difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take their own lives. But a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option. Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that has become unbearable. Blinded by feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness, and isolation, a suicidal person can't see any way of finding relief except through death. But despite their desire for the pain to stop, most suicidal people are deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. They wish there was an alternative to suicide, but they just can't see one.

Additional Facts About Suicide in the US
  • 1 in 5 children has mental health problems.
  • 1 out of 7 students in our county have contemplated suicide.
  • Washtenaw County is one of the worst counties in the State of Michigan for completed suicides.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of deaths among adolescents aged 15-19.
  • There has been a 43% increase in ADHD.
  • There has been a 37% increase in teen depression.
  • There has been a 200% increase in the suicide rate of children 10-14 years old.
  • There are 121 suicides in the United States daily, resulting in over 44,193 deaths per year.
  • An estimated 9 million Americans have had serious thoughts of suicide, and an estimated 1.3 million have attempted suicide.
  • Each year, 800,000 individuals worldwide die to suicide.
  • Veterans account for an estimated 20% of the deaths caused by suicide.
  • The number of deaths caused by suicide surpassed the number of deaths caused by vehicle accidents in 2009. This trend has remained constant since then.
  • Nearly 16% of students in grades 9 to 12 report considering suicide, and half report those thoughts have led to at least one suicide attempt in the past year.
  •  Males are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide than females.

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