Suicide Prevention Of The United States

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Suicide
Suicide is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the act or an instance of taking one 's own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind”. According to the “CDC Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages (SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, 2015).” After a loved one commits suicide “Many feel unable to provide adequate support and struggle to understand the depth of distress (Support After Suicide, 2015)”
Identify and Detail the Suicide Prevention Issue
Suicide prevention is something that sis taking the medical field by storm, Doctors, and psychiatrists are now coming up with prevention plans for their patients. One task force is called the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), this is a government task force that specializes in prevention health care. “Adolescence and old age are the times in life when suicide is most common. People who have mood disorders such as depression or drug or alcohol abuse or who have previously tried to kill themselves (suicide attempt) are more likely to commit suicide than people who do not have any of these conditions. Suicide is also more frequent among adolescents who behave aggressively or who have been victims of physical or sexual abuse than among those without these problems. Because more than 10 out of every 100 000
Americans will die as a result of suicide, the USPSTF wanted to determine whether screening for suicide risk…
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