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Suicide Prevention

The fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 12-24 is deeply concerning. It is disheartening to see so many young lives lost due to this trend. It's heartening to know that U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has made it a national priority and is focusing his efforts on addressing this issue. Let's work together to raise awareness and prevent these tragedies from happening.

What we have learnt from Suicide Research

1. Suicide is related to brain functions that affect decision-making and behavioral control.
2. Limiting access to methods of suicide decreases suicide rates.
3. 90% of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental health condition.
4. Depression, bipolar disorder, and substance use are linked to suicidal thinking.
5. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy help manage suicidal ideation and behavior.
6. Life stresses and known risk factors can contribute to suicide.
7. Asking someone directly if they’re thinking about suicide can start an important conversation.
8. Certain medications can reduce suicidal thoughts and behavior.
9. Surviving a suicide attempt often leads to engagement in life.
10. Active suicidal crisis is an intense and short moment.

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