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Suicide is a preventable tragedy that crosses age, gender and geography. While people who commit suicide generally think they are only hurting themselves, they leave behind grief and loss that affects more people than they realize.
In particular, youth, the elderly and those suffering from depression, alcoholism or other mental/physical illnesses can be at greater risk for attempting suicide, especially if they have access to such means as firearms in the home. Studies indicate that the best way to prevent suicide is through the early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses.
For more information on suicide risk factors, warning signs and resources, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website: www.afsp.org
(excerpts/content taken from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's website page on Facts & Figures)
Below is a directory of local resources for persons in crisis that can be downloaded and printed or picked up from the police station lobby literature rack.