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Suicide Is on the Rise — Know the Warning Signs, and How to Help

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  • Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S., affecting more than 16 million Americans, and the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide
  • Between 1999 and 2016, suicide increased by 28 percent across most American demographics; in 25 states, the suicide rate rose by more than 30 percent
  • Between 2008 and 2015, the number of children hospitalized for either thinking about suicide or attempting suicide doubled; among girls aged 10 to 19, the suicide rate rose by 70 percent between 2010 and 2016
  • In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans committed suicide, making suicide the 10th most common cause of death that year; along with drug overdoses and Alzheimer’s disease, suicide is one of three leading causes of death that are on the rise
  • Know the common causes of suicide, the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide and how you can help them

By Dr. Mercola

The recent suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, which occurred within days of each other, have reignited a much-needed public discussion about suicide, mental illness and its treatment. As noted by Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression "is not a condition that is related to success or failure. No one is immune."


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