The World Health  Organization [WHO] estimates that each year about one million people die  from suicide, a figure equivalent to someone dying of suicide every 40  seconds. It is not a malady confined to old age  in fact rates among young people have increased to such an extent that  suicide is now one of the three leading causes of death among those aged  15-44. For every suicide there are 20 times more people who attempt  suicide every year. In the US, the Centre of  Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] reports that it is the eleventh  leading cause of death for all US Americans, and is the third leading  cause of death for young people between 15-24 years. http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/suicide

Yet suicides are preventable with timely, evidence based interventions.

Bertolote and  Fleischmann [2002] in a systematic review reported that 98% of those who  died by suicide suffered from depression or other mood disorder.  Various studies have analyzed the correlation between economic  factors and suicide rates [Chang et al]. However, suicide results from  multiple complex socio-cultural factors many a times impulsively in  moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life  stresses.  

If you or someone you  now feel that life seems so hard that it is no longer worth living. A  feeling of hopelessness or despair such that there is no point in living  or inability to understand why one is feeling  or thinking this way, remember you are not alone. It is okay to talk  about suicide and there are people who can help.

Preventive measures based on the medical model have been proven to be extremely useful.

Psychonline ( www.psychonline.com ) is a psychiatrist led, patient friendly online platform that connects  the health professional and patients directly. It includes a detailed  patient intake form following HIPAA guidelines  for patient confidentiality, secure meetings through video  conferencing, ability to prescribe as well as option to follow-up  ensuring the best outcomes.

If you feel like giving up on life, reach out for help. You are not alone. Help is available.

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