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Article Date: 09 Sep 2009 – 3:00 PDT

Every 16 minutes, someone in the United States commits suicide, according to the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Worldwide, there is a suicide every 40 seconds.

The AAS says that in 2006, the most recent year for which figures are available, 33,300 people in the U.S. completed suicide. Of these, 4,189 were between the ages of 15 and 24. For every completed suicide in this young population, there are an estimated 100 to 200 attempts.

Donna Amundson, L.C.S.W., manager of UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare’s Traumatic Loss Coalitions (TLC) for Youth Program, will discuss issues surrounding suicide during Suicide Prevention Week, September 6-12.

The week wraps around “World Suicide Prevention Day,” which is Thursday, Sept. 10. The day represents a call for action and involvement by governments and organizations worldwide to contribute to suicide awareness and prevention. Its theme this year is “Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.

Risk factors for suicide include mental illness, substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss, and, especially for adolescents and young adults, exposure to a peer’s suicide.

Read Article in Full:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/163344.php



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