Suicide. There. It’s been said. Suicide.
We don’t talk about it. It is a dirty secret, shameful thoughts, weakness. The silence contributes to people suffering and not reaching out for help; to people dying.
The strongest people can break. Depression is a monster that climbs on your back and scratches your eyes until you’re blind to reality, only hearing the demons within. “I’m horrible” ” I’m useless,” “I’m alone.” And it sings other dark as the hours crawl by. I’ve been down this road and often fight that darkness. Every sparkle of light is sucked up by that sense of hopelessness. Or the feeling of emptiness and just not wanting anything ever again. The longer it went on, the more realistic the plan of suicide became.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
- Every year 42,7734 Americans die by suicide.
- For every suicide, 25 people attempt
- There are 117 suicides a day
- Firearms account for almost 50% of suicides
- Men commit suicide 3.5 times more than women. But women attempt suicide more than men.
(American Foundation of Suicide Prevention)
Twenty two veterans a day lose the war at home. They choose to end their lives rather than continue to carry the hopelessness and pain.
Twenty two a day. Screaming silently their pain. Who is listening?
Suicide and mental illness
Mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia increases the rate of suicide. Recent hospitalization, sense of hopelessness, and co-current substance abuse significantly increase suicide risks. Often stigma prevents people from seeking help. They continue to suffer in silence.
Often warning signs appear in the behavior of people in crisis and considering suicide.
- Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling like there is no reason to live
- Rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking
- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- Withdrawing from family and friend
The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:
- Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
- Looking for ways to kill yourself
- Talking about death, dying, or suicide
- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
- Family history of suicide
- Past suicide attempts
- Presence of weapons
- White, middle aged male
- A serious or chronic medical condition and/or pain
- Depression, anxiety, PTSD
- History of trauma or abuse