Puerto Rico (CNN)Her son cried out for help via text message on the morning of October 17, a month after Hurricane Maria wrecked this Caribbean island.
The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.
There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.
The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller’s ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.
‘Consequences can be lifelong’
‘A ticking time bomb’
‘These deaths could have been avoided’
‘This is the last straw’
‘My God, what if I’m next?’
‘Why did it take so long?’
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a 13-year-old girl killed herself on December 15; she died on December 15 after attempting suicide on an earlier date.
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