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"What steps should I take if I've set a date for suicide?"

The feeling of suicide is often temporary and can be changed with professional help.

Having suicidal thoughts is more common than you might think, with 12.2 million American adults experiencing them in 2019.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US and the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34.

Seventy-eight percent of people who die by suicide are male.

Access to firearms increases the risk of death by suicide.

Talking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicidal behavior.

People who have previously attempted suicide are at higher risk of future attempts.

Mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, are associated with suicide.

Substance abuse can increase the risk of suicidal behavior.

Stressful life events, such as losing a loved one or job loss, can trigger suicidal thoughts.

Suicide rates are higher in rural areas compared to urban areas.

LGBTQ+ individuals are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts.

In over 50% of suicides, the individual had seen a healthcare provider in the month before their death.

Suicide rates increase in the spring and summer months.

Veterans are at higher risk of suicide than the general population.

Suicide rates among Indigenous Americans are among the highest of any racial or ethnic group.

Access to lethal means reduction programs can help prevent suicide.

Crisis hotlines, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), can help provide support and connect individuals with mental health resources.

Safety planning, which includes identifying warning signs and coping mechanisms, can help reduce the risk of suicide.

Postvention, or support for those affected by a suicide loss, can help prevent further suicides.

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