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Thoughts of Death or Suicide

Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts

When you suffer from depression, thoughts of suicide are often common. If there is no relief over a long period of time, suicide can feel like the only way to end the pain.

Patrick McCathern “It's not a matter of when you get depressed, you want to go out and kill yourself. It’s a matter of ‘I can’t stand the pain anymore. I want to end the pain.’ And you don’t know how to end the pain.”

—Patrick McCathern, First Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, Retired

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