Suicide is the act of killing yourself, most often as a result of depression or other mental illness.
In the United States, suicide accounts for about 2 percent of all deaths. Rates are highest for men over 69, but are increasing alarmingly in young people aged 15 to 24.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Suicide warning signs
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