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Here are the alarming facts about suicide:
- In 2016, approximately 9.8 million people considered taking their own life.
- On an average, one person dies by suicide every 12 minutes in the US.
- We lose more than 800,000 people to suicide each year.
- In 2017, there were twice as many suicides than homicides in the US.
- Suicide is the 10th major cause of death worldwide.
- It is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 50.
- It was the second leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 34 in the US in 2017.
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth are almost five times more likely to attempt suicide.
- Approximately 40 percent of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt.
- Nearly 10.5 percent of people age 18 to 25 in the US had serious suicidal thoughts in 2017.
- For every suicide, there are 25 attempts.
- Depression, a major contributing factor to suicide, affects 20 percent to 25 percent of Americans over the age of 18.
- Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment.
- Approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy or medication.
Conflict is inevitable amongst families. Any sort of conflict, lack of communications, fighting, or mismatching personality styles, can deteriorate family relationships. The lack of communication skills to talk through conflict damages intimacy, bonds and trust between you, and not being able to have open conversations with each other, can harm family life. Not talking effectively to each other can often lead to resentment or stonewalling. The way families chose to resolve and handle conflict makes a huge difference to family life.