WIS Perspective: An editorial on suicide prevention

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Over one million people commit suicide every year. In Richland County alone, someone commits suicide every 12 days, and suicide is the second leading cause of all violent deaths in South Carolina.

In January of last year, more soldiers committed suicide than were killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. Those are alarming statistics.

As we head into the holiday months, it's particularly important for everyone to be aware of the signs surrounding suicide thoughts or attempts.

As men and women return from deployments, our college students come home for winter break and our family members pay us a visit - there is something that each of us can do to help prevent suicides from happening. If you suspect someone is in trouble, don't be afraid to talk to them about it. The risk for suicide is often limited, and if you can help someone in trouble survive the immediate crisis, you have gone a long way toward promoting a positive outcome.

Most suicidal ideas are associated with treatable diseases, and helping someone find a safe environment or treatment can often save their life.

There are a number of  suicide support agencies available here in the Midlands. If you are suffering from thoughts of suicide or suspect someone close to you is, please contact one of those agencies today.

That's my perspective.  I'd like to hear from you.

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