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Let's Talk About It with Jenny White/How can we prevent suicide?

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Suicide is when people direct violence at themselves with the intent to end their lives, and they die because of their actions. It's best to avoid the use of terms like "committing suicide" or a "successful suicide" when referring to a death by suicide as these terms often carry negative connotations.

A suilcide attempt is when people harm themselves with the intent to end their lives, but they do not die because of their actions.Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk. The main riski factors for suicide are: a prior suicide attempt; depression and other mental health disorders ; substance abuse disorder; family history of a mental health or substance abuse disorder; family history of suicide; family violence, including physical or sexual abuse; having guns or other firearms in the home; being in prison or jail; being exposed to others suicidal behavior, such as a family member, peer, or media figure; medical illness; being between the ages of 15 and 24 years or over age 60.

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