Of all the symptoms and side effects that life’s struggles can leave someone dealing with, none are more dangerous than suicide. And although suicide is an often hidden problem – a silent crisis shrouded in secrecy and seldom spoken about – suicidal ideation is also alarmingly common. In just about every survey, at least 10% of the population has seriously considered suicide at one time or another, and it’s estimated that at least 5 million living Americans have survived a suicide attempt. Another 765,000 Americans join these ranks each year after making an unsuccessful attempt to take their own life.

Suicide among youths gets the most attention, but it isn’t just young people who are vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts often come out of nowhere during a mid-life crisis, when people start to compare the starry-eyed expectations they had in their youth to the reality of their life. (Burns, 1980)

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