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In 1998, suicide was the eighth leading cause of death for all American, the third leading cause of death for those aged 15-24, and the second leading killer in the college population.
These statistics demonstrate the seriousness of suicide, which is often linked to untreated depression. Clinical depression affects more than 19 million every, and 95 percent of college students who commit suicide are suffering from a mental illness, usually depression.
Although women suffer from clinical depression and attempt suicide more than men, men are more likely to complete the act. Any talk of suicide by a friend or loved one should be taken seriously and help should be sought immediately.
Depression and thoughts of suicide can impact a person's life in many different ways. Not everyone experiences depression and suicide tendencies in the same way. Some people may have behavioral changes, while others experience physical changes.
Depression alone or in combination with aggressive behavior, substance abuse and/or anxiety is found in over half of all suicides. If depression is present, substance abuse, anxiety, impulsivity, rage, hopelessness may increase the risks of suicide.
If you notice any of the above warning signs in a friend or loved one, you have reason to be concerned. There are ways that you can be helpful to a friend or loved one who is thinking of taking their own life.