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According to the most recent national statistics complied for the American Association of Suicidology:

▸ In 1999 across the United States 29,199 individuals ended their life through suicide; that’s an average of 80 per day, or one person killing themselves every 18 minutes.

▸ Suicide ranks as the 11th overall cause of death among Americans; suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among young people (age 15-24). Suicide comes in before homicide or murder which ranked 14th overall.

▸ It is estimated that there are 25 attempted suicides for each completed suicide. Annually more than 730,000 individuals try to end their lives.

So much for believing that when life gets tough, the tough get going. We all know that sometimes the events of life can hit us so hard that it’s difficult to keep standing let alone to get going.

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