Suicide is a tragic event that shatters countless lives and it needs our attention. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) lists the following statistics on their website (https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/):
• Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States
• Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide
• For every suicide, 25 others attempt suicide
The numbers are very concerning. For a list of ways, you can help build awareness, visit the AFSP website at www.afsp.org. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.