I find this statistic so unsettling. This means that so many are suffering in silence. We need to be more aware of those around us. Its not easy to see depression. We need to look outside out ourselves to notice a struggle someone else is having. Be aware, be thoughtful, be empathetic, be supportive. We are social beings and are not meant to go through life alone. Having support can mean the world to someone else. Lets join together and care about those around us.
The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. It's now the 10th leading cause of death in the country, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
There is also a crisis text line.
The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller's ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.