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National Suicide Prevention Week Sept 6th – 12th

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35th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week has started.

Suicide is a leading cause of death for people worldwide, and one of the three leading causes of death for young people under 25. Every year, approximately one million people die by suicide – one death every two minutes. The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, this annual toll of suicide deaths will have risen to one and half million.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, in the state of Washington, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24.

The Youth Suicide Prevention program in Washington states that, most suicidal young people don’t really want to die, they just want their pain to end.  About 80 percent of the time, people who kill themselves have given definite signals or talked about suicide.  The key to prevention is to know these signs and what to do to help.

Death, even when expected, is hard for anyone to deal with, but a suicidal death is often more difficult for friends, family, and loved ones to understand. Often there are warning signs, in the form of depression or a mental illness, and other times suicide seems to strike seemingly out of nowhere.

This week it is important to get the word out and fight the stigma associated with depression and mental illness. Depression is a serious medical condition, it’s not something that you have made up in your head. It’s more than just feeling “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. It’s feeling “down” and “low” and “hopeless” for weeks at a time.

Watch the video of Pete Wentz the talented song writer and Bass player of Fall Out Boy talk about his issues with depression and suicidal thoughts on HalfofUs.org

Remember to reach out and share your thoughts and feelings with friends, counselors, role models and parents this week to help raise awareness and save lives!

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