DEAR DOCTOR K: My friend's son recently committed suicide. What can I do to support her during this awful time?
DEAR READER: More than 30,000 Americans die by suicide each year, leaving behind devastated family and friends. That's about one out of every 10,000 people in the United States. To some extent, someone who loses a family member to suicide suffers a loss similar to that as if the person had suffered another type of unexpected or violent death, such as a heart attack, car accident or drowning.