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Before we begin, I would like you to take a look at this interactive map that I was required to look at for a class: http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa/top-15-causes-of-death

Suicide is on that list.

According to the map (and other sources I’ve seen before), suicide is one of the highest causes of death in the US. If that’s not discouraging, I don’t know what is.

Why do people commit or even attempt suicide? Well, there can be multiple reasons. Being made fun of, feeling like they don’t belong, not being able to live with trauma, and more. Much more.

Often times, we ignore the signs. We think people talking about suicide are just looking for attention, or just making a show.

It’s time to stop that way of thinking.

It’s time we started lifting each other up, instead of putting others down. What a difference that could make. People can get past feeling suicidal if they feel like they have a purpose in life. Wouldn’t that be great?

I’m not saying it will be easy. It won’t be. It will still be very hard, and some people aren’t easily convinced, especially if they’ve been told that nobody cares about them their entire life. Been there, done that. It’s not easy to get out of that way of thinking.

It may not be easy, but it’s also not impossible. If we start talking positively to one another instead of talking negatively, think about the difference that we can start to make. If we all work together, maybe one day, we can stop suicide once and for all.

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