Major depression and bipolar disorder are the psychiatric diagnosis most commonly associated with suicide and suicide attempts; however, schizophrenia, PTSD, alcoholism, substance abuse and other problems may also lead individuals to these dire thoughts.
 About two-thirds of people who complete suicide have a depressive disorder at the time of their deaths.
 Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming approximately 30,000 lives each year.
 Each year, almost 5,000 young people, ages 15-24, kill themselves.
 Suicide rates among youth have increased more than 300% since 1950ís.
 Four times as many men kill themselves, as do women, but three to four times as many women attempt suicide, as do men.

        If you or someone close to you is commenting on or considering suicide, immediate professional evaluation is a must. Evaluation and treatment can prevent injury or tragedy. Emergency evaluation is available at local emergency rooms, or for Maryland area residents, by calling the Sheppard Pratt Health System at 410-938-3800. If someone has already done something of potential harm to themselves, call 911 immediately.

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