Dear readers: The news is filled with murder-rate statistics and efforts to fight violent crime, yet most people don’t realize there are more than double the suicide deaths in this country compared to homicides. Suicide is called the “silent” epidemic for this reason.
According to 2007 statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, over 34,000 suicide deaths occur per year. That’s an average of 95 Americans taking their life each day. Suicide is the third-leading killer of our teens and the second-leading killer in our colleges. For every suicide death there are 11 attempts.
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