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Mental health professional spread awareness about National suicide prevention month

“Ages 18, maybe even 16 to 35 is the second leading cause of death and that’s pretty profound.”

Mental health professionals are bringing awareness about suicide during National Suicide Prevention Month.

Experts say it is important to identify the signs."

“One of the main things we look for in kids or even adults that might have thoughts of suicide or changes in behavior; someone who typically is out going and friendly and may become more withdrawn: those who are quieter may have actually become more outgoing,” said Dr. Lee Lee Marlow.

Dr. Marlow adds how suicide can come from a variety of reasons.

“People think it’s more of a choice or way to maybe get attention. That’s not what research supports. We know that majority of people who die by suicide have some sort of diagnosed mental health,” Marlow said.

Luckily, help is available for those in need of support.

“It could be depression. There could be anxiety and they could either get counseling or medication. There’s lots of treatment that are readily available and fairly easy to access if they search for those things,” Marlow said.

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