Life is Hard

by Tom Swift

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.

In 2017, suicide claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people.

Some 123 Americans kill themselves every day.

On average, there is one suicide every 12 minutes.

On average, there is one suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 20 to 25 percent of Americans 18 years old and older struggle with depression each year.

The NIH estimates that half of all persons experiencing an episode of major depression receive care for their condition.