The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) indicates that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-24, the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 10-14, and the 10th leading cause of death in the US overall .
The risk factors for suicide include :
- A prior suicide attempt or a family history of suicide;
- Mental health issues (including depression) or a family history of such issues;
- Substance abuse or a family history of such abuse;
- Physical or sexual abuse;
- Domestic violence;
- The presence of firearms in the home;
- Painful physical illness;
- Financial difficulties;
- Suicide by peers;
- Suicide by celebrities.
According to one study, the victims of child abuse were 2.56 times more likely to attempt suicide than others . As many as 80.1% of those in the study who attempted suicide had been abused in childhood.
Crisis centers and stories of recovery can be found at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, 1-800-273-8255. Individual states, also, have suicide prevention programs.
Maryland earlier this month became the 42nd state to designate September as Suicide Prevention Month .
All month long, suicide prevention organizations; mental health professionals and advocates; the survivors of suicide attempts; the loved ones left behind by suicide victims; and the communities concerned by suicide statistics promote awareness of the problem.
“He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds” (Ps. 147: 3)
 Calvert Beacon, “September Proclaimed Suicide Prevention Month”, 9/1/20, https://www.calvertbeacon.com/september-is-proclaimed-suicide-prevention-month/.
 211 MD, “Suicide Prevention”, https://211md.org/211provider-md-suicide-prevention.
 National Center for Biotechnology Information, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, PubMed Central, “Child abuse and the prevalence of suicide attempts among those reporting suicide ideation” by Michael Martin et al, 6/11/16, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5101274/.
 Maryland.gov, “During Suicide Prevention Month, Governor Hogan Renews Administration’s Commitment to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families”, 9/10/20, https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/09/10/during-suicide-prevention-month-governor-hogan-renews-administrations-commitment-to-service-members-veterans-and-their-families/.
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