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Year in Review - Celebrity death by suicide or overdose in 2013

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Success and fame can be an unattainable goal, but for some, it is a reality that paid the ultimate price.
The following individuals achieved some of the highest highs, but may have found that view too much to endure.

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Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans, and every year more than 33,000 people end their own lives. Suicide is found in every age, racial, and ethnic group. There are a number of factors that increase the likelihood a person will take his or her own life; one of these is abusing substances such as alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drug abuse are second only to depression and other mood disorders as the most frequent risk factors for suicidal behavior.

Alcohol and some drugs can result in a loss of inhibition, may increase impulsive behavior, can lead to changes in the brain that result in depression over time, and can be disruptive to relationships—resulting in alienation and a loss of social connection. Furthermore, excessive acute drug and/or alcohol ingestion could result in

The following celebrities were reported to have killed themselves either with intention or by accident in 2013. One thing seems to be certain, their loss has deeply affected their families as well as their fans. Here some of those that have left us in 2013.

Warning Signs of Someone Considering Suicide - according to the Mental Health America, any one of these signs does not necessarily mean the person is considering suicide, but several of these symptoms may signal a need for help:

Verbal suicide threats such as, “You’d be better off without me.” or “Maybe I won’t be around”
Expressions of hopelessness and helplessness
Previous suicide attempts
Daring or risk-taking behavior
Personality changes
Giving away prized possessions
Lack of interest in future plans

Eight out of ten people considering suicide give some sign of their intentions. People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide, or call suicide crisis centers are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.

Although the frequency of suicides for young adults has been increasing in recent years, elderly Caucasian males continue to have the highest suicide rate. Other risk factors for taking one's life include single marital status, unemployment, low income, mental illness, a history of being physically or sexually abused, a personal history of suicidal thoughts, threats or behaviors, or a family history of attempting suicide.

A percentage of 60% - 80% of the people committing suicide have early announced their suicidal intentions, in a way or another. Some people really try to commit suicide, whereas others make suicidal gestures which are cries for help or attempts to reveal the whole depth of their despair, how much they hurt inside.

Fortunately, there is strong evidence that a comprehensive public health approach is effective in reducing suicide rates. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or has talked about suicide, PLEASE contact your local suicide prevention center or call 911.


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