Suicide is the tenth leading cause of American deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. In 2017, 47,173 people ended their lives, and another 1.3 million people are estimated to have attempted suicide. The actual rate of suicide is likely much higher, given that car accidents, overdoses, and drownings may fall into the category as well. Researchers are concerned that the rate of suicide is increasing over the last decade, and there is real urgency to understand what can be done to identify and support people with suicidal impulse. Here are some things you can do if you know someone in trouble.
Carol Povenmire, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Pasadena, California.