Suicide is the act of killing yourself, most often as a result of depression or other mental illness.
In the United States, suicide accounts for about 2 percent of all deaths. Rates are highest for men over 69, but are increasing alarmingly in young people aged 15 to 24.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
Suicide warning signs
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