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Although most federally-funded suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, recent years have seen a spike in rates among middle-aged people. Men seem to be especially at risk, and have nearly four times the suicide rate as women. There are also major disparities amongst ethnic and racial groups, with American Indian and Alaskan Natives being the highest risk groups.For example, a righteous politician can commit political suicide by speaking publicly about an unpopular topic. We call a person who has killed himself a suicide, and a police report might tell how many suicides happen in a city each year.What is suicide? Suicide spelt in S-U-I-C-I-D-E. Suicide breaks down into the Latin words sui andcaedere, which together convert to "kill oneself." Suicide is a tragic event with strong emotional repurcussions for itssurvivors and for families of its victims. Every year, more than 800 000 people die from suicide. Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group; these figures do not include suicide attempts which can be many times more frequent than suicide. Suicide worldwide was estimated to represent 1.3% of the total global burden of disease in 2004.Mental disorders are a major risk factor for suicide in Europe and North America, however, in Asian countries impulsiveness plays an important role. Suicide is composite with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. Suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in the United States. More than 36,000 people in the U.S. kill themselves every year, according to a 2010 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is often occur when people are hopeless and can't see any other solution to their problems, the cause of which is regularly attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse, financial problems, troubles with interpersonal relationships or a major stressful event.Suicide in children and teenagers often follows stressful life events. Mental disorders are often present at the time of suicide with estimates ranging from 27%[23] to more than 90%.[15] Of those who have been admitted to a psychiatric unit, their lifetime risk of completed suicide is about 8.6%.[15] Half of all people who die by suicide may have major depressive disorder; having this or one of the other mood disorders such as bipolar disorderincreases the risk of suicide 20-fold.[24] Other conditions implicated include schizophrenia (14%), personality disorders (14%),[25] bipolar disorder,[24] and posttraumatic stress disorder.[15] About 5% of people with schizophrenia die of suicide.[26] Eating disorders are another high risk condition.[27]A history of previous suicide attempts is the greatest predictor of eventual completion of suicide.[15] Approximately 20%...

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