Every year in the United States, over 40,000 individuals take their own lives, making suicide the tenth most common cause of death in the country. September, National Suicide Prevention Month, seeks to raise awareness of this problem and—most importantly—help those who might be affected. While suicide is an important public health issue, it is still a taboo subject for many people. The infographic below presents some important statistics about suicide in the United States, as well as key risk factors and information about how suicide can best be prevented.
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