According to the CDC, suicide is one of the leading cause of death in the United States. It claims more lives than automobile accidents or opioids and yet in some cases the numbers of suicides are under-reported as families want to hide the reasoning behind the death of a loved one. This secrecy exposes the stigma. The silence perpetuates the problem.
September 8 through 14 is "National Suicide Prevention Week." Are you aware of the warning signs of suicide? According to the latest available data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009, suicide was the tenth-leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 36,909 deaths.