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Suicide has been the shameful secret for too long, and keeping secrets isn't solving the problem. In many years, there are more suicide deaths than motor vehicle fatalities. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death in young adults. More soldiers and law enforcement officers die by suicide than in the line of duty. These deaths are preventable if people learn how to help.
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If you need help now:
If this is a suicide emergency, call 911. Do not put your own life at risk. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there is help available. Your family doctor, a hospital emergency room or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 is a good place to start.
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Suicide prevention is everybody's business. You don't have to be a mental health professional - offering a friendly ear can save a life. Preventing suicide is within everyone's reach. Be alert for talk of hopelessness. Trust your instincts, and always take talk of suicide seriously - it's an invitation to talk. Learn more about suicide prevention here.
The Shasta Suicide Prevention Workgroup brings together those in our community who want to put an end to suicides and suicide attempts. You can help. Spread the word about suicide prevention by joining us - please visit the Suicide Prevention Workgroup website to learn more about the work we are doing and "like" our Facebook page to stay up to date on what's happening locally.