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Suicide is a significant public health concern with suicide rates increasing over 30% in the past 10 years. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 34, the fourth among people ages 34-54, the fifth for people ages 45-54, and the tenth leading cause of death overall (www.cdc.gov/suicide). While these statistics are alarming, it’s important to remember there are factors that can protect against suicide and steps that can be taken to intervene and provide support. This guide provides the basics for assessing for risk of suicide.