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How to Identify Suicide Risk Before It’s Too Late – US News and World Report

March 16, 2010

When friends or family members kill themselves, those close to them are often deeply shocked, especially because suicide is completely unexpected, and they can experience a crushing guilt because they didn’t see it in time.

How do you identify it in those you care about?

Every 17 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the 11th-leading cause of death for Americans, and while it often comes as a surprise to friends and loved ones, it is largely considered to be preventable if warning signs are heeded. “The tragedy of completed suicide is that most could have been prevented if family members knew what to look for,” says Lisa Boesky, a psychologist and author of When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help–And What to Do About It. “Research shows that most people who die by suicide have a mood disorder like depression or bipolar disorder, or [have] a substance abuse problem, or both,” either diagnosed or undiagnosed, she says.

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via How to Identify Suicide Risk Before It’s Too Late – US News and World Report.

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