Suicide Mini-Essay (Originally a Script)

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Every 40 seconds, somebody around the world commits suicide. That's about 2,000 per day. Approximately 1 million suicides occur each year, with over 30,000 in America. 500,000 Americans attempt suicide annually. It is the Number 1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S. These numbers need to drop. Now. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. Suicide rates are highest among young people and those over 65. More than 425,000 people with self-inflicted injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. There has been a 60 per cent increase in worldwide suicide rates in last 45 years. Men are 4 times more likely than women to die from suicide, however, 3 times more women report attempting suicide. 'If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop them.'NOT TRUE. Most suicidal people do not want to die; they want the pain to stop. Most suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress, not bids for attention. The person should not be left alone and needs immediate help. It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.Be kind and understanding of people suffering from depression, self harm, and suicidal thoughts. If you know of someone who might be at risk, do not let it go. Get them help. Nothing is worth taking your life over. The 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-277-TALK (8255). To learn more, go to www.save.org. There Is Always Hope. You Are Beautiful. You Are Loved. NOTHING is worth taking your life over. It Really Does Get Better.
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