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Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  What is the number one cause for suicide?

A:  Untreated depression.


Q:  Why do people die by suicide?

A:  Because they are in intense pain and they want the pain to stop.


Q:  I feel suicidal.  What should I do?

A:  Get help immediately.  Call family, a friend, 911 or a suicide hotline i.e.,



Q:  How many people die by suicide each year in the U.S.?

A:  Approximately 30,000.


Q:  How many people attempt suicide each year in the U.S.?

A:  Approximately 750,000.


Q:  Is it true that more people die by suicide than by homicide?

A:  Yes.  More people die by suicide than by homicide.


Q:  Do most people who attempt suicide actually die by suicide?

A:  No.  It is estimated that 1 person out of 25 who attempt suicide die by suicide.


Q:  If I have thoughts of suicide am I abnormal?

A:   No.  The vast majority of people who think about suicide do not attempt

     suicide or die by suicide.


Q:  Are people that die by suicide weak?

A:  No.  Most people who die by suicide are very strong, but they have untreated

     depression that they can not deal with.


Q:  Do young people ever die by suicide?

A:  Yes.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 24.


Q:  Do children die by suicide?

A:  Yes.  Some children under the age of 10 die by suicide.


Q:   Does suicide make pain go away?

A:   No.  Suicide compounds pain exponentially.  All suicide survivors feel excruciating

      pain.  And since the person who died by suicide can no longer feel; there is

      no relief from pain.


Q:  Does suicide solve problems?

A:  No.  Suicide causes many problems and never solves any of them.

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