Every year, some 42,000 Americans die by suicide.  More than a million others attempt it, and 9 million people think about it.  Among teenagers and adults under 35, suicide ranks behind only accidents as the top cause of death.  Middle-aged adults 45-64 had the largest rate increase.  It doesn't matter who you are or your financial status.

Depression can take over the body and mind, the pain of depression often becomes overwhelming.  The chemical imbalance and deep despair can lead the brain to try and find ways to end the pain that they are feeling.  This is when suicidal thinking begins.  Depressive illnesses can distort thinking such that a person can't think clearly or rationally.  The illness can cause thoughts of hopelessness and helplessness, which may lead to suicidal thoughts. 

Research shows a strong link between suicide and depression, with 90% of the people who die by suicide having an existing mental illness,acute stresses, social pressure, chronic pain, physical disability or substance abuse problem a the time of their death.  These issues may not be know by friends or family members.