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Suicide: getting help on time

Suicide is one of the last taboos of our society. Indeed, no one likes to talk about suicide.
And yet it is important to address this highly sensitive issue that is causing many victims each year. For a desperate person who sees no other way than to kill himself may be helped! With the help of an expert, for example a psychologist or a trusted doctor, it is possible to overcome a seemingly hopeless situation and regain courage and a taste for life.

Get help! If you have suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to seek help!
You can find telephone support from various organizations that are available 24 hours a day. You can call them without fear and anonymously: Suicide Listen : Tel: 01 45 39 40 00 - www.suicide-ecoute.fr
SOS Friendship : Tel: 01 42 96 26 26 - www.sos-amitie.org

In France, nearly 10, 500 people die by suicide every year *, making suicide the 8th leading cause of death, after tumors, cardiovascular diseases and accidents. At the same time, there are approximately 250, 000 suicide attempts each year **.

Suicide does not only affect people suffering from a mental illness such as depression or an anxiety disorder or certain social strata: everyone can be subject to suicidal thoughts at times, for example during a deep personal crisis caused by the loss of a dear person or a heavy debt.

Most suicide attempts are observed in adolescents and young adults, mostly among women. In contrast, the majority of suicides are recorded among men. This may be because men choose more "drastic" means when they want to end their lives.

Suicide (Latin: "sui caedere" = killing oneself) occurs when a person dies knowingly and intentionally. At the origin of suicide is usually the desire to escape from an unsustainable situation, hoping to find calm and peace "liberators". The suicidal person sees no other way out than death, suicidal thoughts often going hand in hand with similar fantasies. Suicidal, suicidal, or suicidal.

* Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights: //www.sante.gouv.fr/etat-des-lieux-du-suicide-en-france.html (data CépiDc-Inserm 2011)
** National Union for the Prevention of Suicide: //www.unps.fr/le-suicide-en-france-1.html

Authors: Dorothee Gebele, Dr. Nicolas Evrard

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