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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

America loses 100 Americans every 24 hours from suicide

9/12/2012
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org )

Suicide prevention must become medical priority, medical officials say

From U.S. military personnel who take drastic measures, to school kids who can longer stand being bullied, suicide has become a pervasive problem in America - and medical officials say it's vital to turn the tide while we still can.


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Health officials are spearheading a program that encompasses Facebook and other private companies.

"America loses approximately 100 Americans every 24 hours from suicide," Pamela Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says. Among U.S. people between the ages of 18 to 24, suicide is now the third leading cause of death, officials say.

"It's time to turn our attention to prevention." U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin says.

A new strategy brings combines government, the private sector, schools and communities to help raise suicide awareness, increase prevention efforts and develop new treatments for those at risk.

More than 37,000 Americans took their own lives in 2009, and "more than 500,000 Americans were depressed enough to have actually tried it," Hyde said.

There has been a wave of suicides in the U.S. military. "Right now we are losing more of our soldiers to suicide than we are to combat," Army Secretary John McHugh says.

The majority of military suicides aren't combat related. Fifty-four percent of military personnel who committed suicide in 2010 and 59 percent who attempted suicide that year were never deployed, McHugh said at the press conference.

"What this tells us is we are dealing with broader societal issues," he said, including drug and alcohol abuse, relationship problems and depression. (...)

http://www.catholic.org/health/story.php?id=47564

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