Suicide is Not the Answer
Suicide is a serious matter. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This isn't a topic that people like to talk about. I mean, no one really wants to talk about death. The sadness, grief, and melancholy that death brings. Instead of talking about death, we as human beings, tend to slide away from the topic. We don't want to have the thought of death in our mind. We all want to live long lives, right? Wrong. I say wrong because there are millions of people in this world that are committing suicide. These people have reach to the point of deep, dark, hopelessness. They have reached the point of so much pain that their only option, in their minds, to stop the pain, is to take their own life. But in reality, suicide doesn't stop pain, it just increases it. It affects so many people (friends, family, students, coworkers, etc.) There is hope and each person does have a purpose in this world.
I'm not going to hold back in this article. Yes, death from suicide is a uncomfortable topic to talk about, but this is a serious topic that people need to know about. Therefore, I am going to talk about it and hopefully bring more awareness to the topic of suicide. I hope this article, in turn, causes you, the reader, to bring more awareness to suicide, as well.
(These statistics are taken from www.save.org -Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
- For people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
- Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is the 15th).
- Suicide, takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
- 1 in 65,000 children ages 10-14 commit suicide each year.
- Over half of all suicides occur in adult men between the ages of 25-65.
- Suicide rates are higher for the elderly that are widowed or divorced.
- An average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes.
- There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
- There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion.
- It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million suicide survivors in the U.S.
- Many people who attempt suicide never seek professional help.
- Between 1952 and 1995, suicide in young adults nearly tripled.
- In 2004, 32,439 people died by suicide.
- In 2004, according to the Violent Death Reporting System 73% of these suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or marijuana).
- In 2004, it was estimated that there were 811,000 suicide attempts just in the U.S.
Male and Female Statistics
- There are four male suicides for every female suicide.
- There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt.
Risk Factors/ Depression Statistics
- Substance abuse is one of the risk factors for suicide.
- The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.
- By 2010, depression will be the #1 disability in the world.
- 80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.
- 15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Statistics
- Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.
- Research has shown that medications and therapy are effective tools for suicide prevention.
Memoir of Suicide Attempt Survior, Kevin Hines:
There is Hope
As I already mentioned at the beginning of this article : suicide is a serious matter. The above statistics are pretty sad, but they are true. Many of our fellow human beings are committing and attempting suicide. People who are suicidal think that they will always be depressed, lonely, scared, and hopeless. They think that they can never change; that life will never get better. But there is hope.
There are many people who are recovering from being suicidal. Personally, I am just one of those millions, who are recovering from suicidal behavior. I'm not writing this article from another's view or from inexperience. I am writing this article on suicide because I have been there. I have experienced the deep, hopeless feeling of wanting to die. I know the pain, depression, and hurt one can feel. Through counseling, finding outlets, positivity, and knowing that people love and care about me, I have found hope and the ability to overcome my suicidal behavior. The understanding that life is hard and hellish at times, has also given me hope. From my personal experience, I now have a lot of compassion for people who are depressed and at the point of thinking about ending their life.
Knowing that you are not alone and that life is hard and every human being has struggles, is key to finding hope. Suicide is not the answer. Maybe you are reading this and you are at the point of complete hopelessness, and you are thinking about ending you're life. If so, please don't. Keep going, keep enduring, and don't give up. Maybe you are reading this and you feel alone and you feel uncomfortable talking to anyone about it. If so, please talk to someone. Trust me, it may be really uncomfortable, but after you talk to someone it will help you. You are not in this alone. If you want to be happy again and overcome suicide, you have to take some personal steps and you have to make an effort to change. Talk to anyone that loves and cares about you. It will feel a lot better and you'll feel more hopeful after you do. Talk to a parent, a sibling, a close friend or relative. You may feel alone and you may feel like no one understands, but trust me; there's at least one person in your life that loves and cares about you, and would be more than willing to help you in this overwhelming time.
So, please if you are thinking of committing suicide; get help. Talk to someone who you are close with, call the suicide helpline (which I will link below), get a personal counselor, go to group-therapy, set up an appointment with your doctor; do any or all of these, and trust me, it will help you. Don't feel ashamed or selfish to seek help. If you want the pain to end, please understand that suicide is not the answer, and there is hope. Life will get better. You can be happy again.
The topic of suicide shouldn't be taken lightly. This is a serious matter that is beginning to rise in the United States, as well as worldwide. Please help spread awareness. If you're a suicide survivor, I encourage you to use your personal experiences to help others. If you're suicidal, please don't hesitate to seek help. If you want to work with people who are struggling with suicide, I encourage you to research in your area and find somewhere that you can use your gifts to help troubled people who are dealing with this topic. Remember: Suicide is not the answer.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please don't hesitate to call. Line is open 24/7. You are never alone.
More Information/Statistics on Suicide
- SAVE | Suicide prevention information, suicide, depression awareness
- Suicide and suicidal thoughts - MayoClinic.com
Suicide and suicidal thoughts — Comprehensive overview covers warning signs, causes, risks and treatment.
- Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business| American Association of Suicidology
The American Association of Suicidology is a membership organization that is committed to reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts. Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business
- Find a Therapist, Psychologist, Counselor - NetworkTherapy.com
Find a therapist in NetworkTherapy.com's directory of qualified mental health professionals nationwide. Find a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, or counselor in your local area ideally suited for your speci
Hold On, Don't Give Up
- Hold On-Good Charlotte (with lyrics) - YouTube
this song makes me think "Don't give up on life. There's so much that you'll miss out on." :)