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Most people who are suicidal desperately want to live, but are unable to find another way to cope with their thoughts or feelings.
Almost 10% of college students seriously consider attempting suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and the third leading cause among all people ages 15-24 years old. Almost all college students who die by suicide are suffering from an emotional disorder, most commonly depression. Other emotional problems can increase the risk of suicide, too, such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or eating disorders. Identifying and treating these illnesses is especially important because someone with an untreated emotional disorder may be more likely to attempt suicide in the wake of a stressful event such as a death, relationship difficulties, or even a failed exam. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs, take those signs very seriously, and know how to respond when you see these signs in a friend or classmate—or, if you experience them yourself. With proper treatment, people who are suicidal CAN BE HELPED! (Click: Supporting a friend who may be contemplating suicide.)