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Mission Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies: •Fund scientific research •Offer educational programs for professionals •Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention •Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention •Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation
What leads to suicide?
There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.Suicide Warning Signs
Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.
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