Every 18 minutes someone dies by suicide in this country. About 90 percent of those individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death (most often depression or bipolar disorder).
Despite the fact that many suicides are preceded by a traumatic event, like a break up, losing a job, bankruptcy, etc., this is not generally the cause of the suicide.
This event is more like the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is generally the catalyst in a lifetime of emotional distress that contributes to the person’s condition.