Kung Fu Psychiatry, Leonard Lantz
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WHY ON EARTH WOULD I NEED A SAFETY PLAN?
A lot of people wonder why they would need a safety plan to prevent suicide when they don’t have depression or don’t feel suicidal. It’s true that 70% or more of suicides are related to major depression. If you have major depression, then it is clear that you should have a safety plan to prevent suicide if your depressive symptoms become severe. Suicide is a common cause of death for people of nearly all age groups, including individuals who are not depressed. Tragically, it is the second leading cause of death in youth age 10 to 24.
We know what suicide is, right? A person ending his or her own life. However, what are the thoughts that drive suicide? What could compel someone to push against and overcome their self-preservation instinct, their innate will to live?
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