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Why do people commit suicide 30000 Americans kill themselves annually SAVE A significant statistic not just a few wayward souls slipping through the cracks this is an issue of national importance Of course no words can entirely describe the feelings and thoughts which precipitate suicide nor is there a uniform set of reasons However a review of the characteristics of those who commit suicide may provide insights and understanding into the reasons why Though there is no concrete set-in-stone way to predict who will commit suicide certain factors increase risk Women attempt suicide three times more often than men however four times as many men actually succeed In the spring and summer more people kill themselves contrary to popular belief which incorrectly favors Christmas and Valentines Day Caucasians currently lead other races in suicide however it is a rising problem especially within the African-American community Suicide is the leading killer of youths At special risk for suicide are those suffering a comorbid complication combining mental disease with addiction Suicide Crisis Statistics surrounding the issue of suicide are grim as are certain behaviors which may indicate a person is preparing to commit suicide What is clear from the poetry and prose of suicidal writers is self-depreciation is extreme and the main preoccupation is the futility of any action Poet Edna St Vincent Millay wrote a despairing poem which exemplifies the inability to judge oneself as worthwhile or make simple decisions Her poem I Know 100 Ways to Die begins I know some poison I could drink Ive often thought Id taste it But mother bought it for the sink And drinking it would waste it Aside from dramatic and dark verbal expression watch groups cite among the following behaviors as warning signs withdrawal reckless behavior getting affairs in order and giving away valued possessions marked change in behavior attitudes or appearance abuse of drugs or alcohol or the occurrence of a major loss or
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