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National Prevention Week: Suicide

May. 16, 2013 @ 06:45 AM

National Prevention Week: Suicide

National Prevention Week, which began May 12, is an annual health observance lead by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and supported locally by the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership.

Today's theme: Suicide.

The issue: Suicide accounts for more than 38,000 deaths annually in the United States and in 2011 was the 10th leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The loss of someone to suicide affects family, friends, coworkers and others in the community.

Facts: Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. On average, a member of the armed forces commits suicide every 36 hours, according to the CDC.

Prevention tip: You can help someone who is considering suicide by being willing to listen, be direct and get involved, showing support for the person, offer hope that alternatives are available and get help from people and agencies.

For more information: Visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for the Lifeline phone number, suicide warning signs and other info.

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