Depression & Suicide Prevention

Thursday, September 11th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Depression and suicide too often go hand-in-hand. Depression is the most common cause of suicide, with 80 percent of depression left untreated. According to the CDC’s 2008 Report, over 32,000 suicides are reported each year, along with 395,000 treated cases of near-fatal self-inflicted wounds — making it the eleventh-highest cause of death in Americans. September 7th to 13th is National Suicide Prevention Week, and this week’s Disease Management Update focuses on this tragic plight, as well as the disease of depression that is often behind it.

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