Article 9 - campaigns are unclear Even if the programs...

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Sean McDermott Article 9 Suicide prevention is a new approach that various states are beginning to take. Plans originally used to encourage healthier living via public information campaigns may be the solution to reducing suicide. These public health campaigns have become familiar and successful in regards to safe sex practices, dieting, and giving up smoking. Suicide in the U.S. is the 11 th leading cause of death, being an average of 10 to 13 per 100,000 individuals commit suicide every year. The majority of people who are suicidal are undiagnosed until it’s too late. This may be because most individuals who suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts will not seek help. And just like most illnesses, suicide is a result of biological and environmental factors. States are offering education programs and supportive communities to bring awareness and prevention to those who need help. As of now, the effectiveness of these prevention programs and information
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Unformatted text preview: campaigns are unclear. Even if the programs somehow fail, people will know that the mental health community is working very hard in order to solve this crisis. I’ve been a strong believer in helping those who think they can’t be helped. As a person who suffered from depression, I know exactly what it’s like to have destructive and unhealthy thoughts linger. While I was miserable, seeking help was the last thing I wanted to do, as I felt helpless and hopeless, and I knew that no one could help me. I also feared the stigma of being a depressed person. Creating public information campaigns and distributing help and awareness broadly through the public sounds like a fantastic idea to me. Targeting everyone, including those who suffer from this disease the most. 1 Abnormalities in the prefrontal cortex of the brain show a genetic link to those with suicidal tendencies, proving that suicide is not only environmental but also biological. 2...
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