According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the 10th leading overall cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in children and young adults between 10 and 34 years old. Research has shown that the majority of suicides are a consequence of mental illness—most commonly depression. Depression can cause someone to feel worthless, hopeless and a burden on others. The illness may prevent people from recognizing that these feelings are temporary, making suicide falsely appear to be a solution.
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