In a typical high school classroom, three students,one boy and two girls, have attempted suicide over the past year. Since the U.S. Surgeon General's "Call to Action to Prevent Suicide" in 1999, focus has increased on suicide as a public health crisis, which results in 30,000 deaths a year among all Americans, but much remains to be done.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), focusing on an area of special need, has published a set of guides to support people who attempt suicide, are treated in hospital emergency rooms, and survive. An estimated 30-50% of individuals who die from suicide have made previous attempts.
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