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Suicide is a difficult thing to talk about. It is a tragic event which leaves family and friends emotionally scarred. Suicide happens when someone feels hopeless, and is not able to realize that their current mental state is not permanent. The highest number of suicides occur among middle-aged adults. Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, although women account for a higher percentage of the recent rise in suicide rates.  Some groups of people are at a higher risk, such as the LGBTQ community. More people die form suicide in the US than homicide, and yet there is less emphasis on suicide being a public health crisis. Depression is a key risk factor for suicide, as well as other psychiatric disorders, substance use, chronic pain, a family history of suicide, and a prior suicide attempt. Firearms account for the majority of suicide deaths in the US. It seems obvious that untreated or under treated mental health conditions are responsible for a majority of suicides. There is a reluctancy to talk about this crisis, and this stigma needs to be removed so that we can better prepare for prevention strategies. This is an area where human connection is imperative. Isolation and loneliness lead to despondency and hopelessness. The bullying phenomena has been a major contributor to youth suicide. We know that younger people rely on social media for social communication more than face to face interaction. Studies are showing that limiting screen time makes children AND adults happier. Human beings are social creatures. We are designed for relationships with other humans. It is our belief as founders of We Live On, that we must initiate programs in early childhood thru adulthood that teach us how to be good listeners, caring, and empathetic. Being connected to others who value us is the hallmark of community. It takes work in a world that demands so much of our time and attention, but it can make a world of difference. If you or anyone you know is in crisis, and could be suicidal, PLEASE reach out for help. Below are a links to helplines that are available 24 hours a day.

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