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Not Wanting to Know

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Linda is a 56-year-old woman living all of her life in the North East. She has written a book of poetry "Heartfelt Emotions."

Mental Illness and Suicide

I am a parent who lost a child to suicide almost 4 years ago. The reason my son committed suicide was because he had many issues mentally and emotionally.

After his death I was and still am amazed that no one truly wants to hear his story or mine because of the stigma that surrounds mental illness and suicide.

Sure you hear about them randomly, but have you ever tried talking to anyone about these issues? I have, and everyone I have encountered are uncomfortable. You can see it with their gestures and body language, they just don't know what to say and have no idea what you are talking about.

I have found through my personal experience that if you have not been touched by this with someone you love or someone you know then you just don't understand it. It's like out of sight out of mind and this shouldn't be the case.

I know I don't have cancer but I do like to stay informed about the disease and new drugs that are in progress that's why I wrote the article New Cancer Drug Kymriah because one never knows what the future holds and the same goes for mental illness and suicide.

When preparing to write this article Hub Pages gives you a list to choose from for my title and all of the sub categories was diseases like cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, but none of them included mental illness or suicide. Also Hub Pages has disabled my ability for advertising because of the subject matter.

That tells me know one cares, no one wants to hear it. What people don't seem to understand is that mental illness and suicide are both diseases, they just aren't the ones you can physically see because they are all on the inside.

Shouldn't it be OK to talk about? Wouldn't you want to help someone you knew was in trouble?

Education for both these subjects is key! It does matter, it is important! Just stop for a moment and think 1 in 5 adults surrounding you right now, at this very moment has a mental illness of some kind. They may not know it and probably you don't either, but they do!

The Statistics of Mental Illness

NAMI which is the National Alliance on Mental Illness has some stats on the subject that are astounding!

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States have some sort of mental illness a year.
  • 1 in 25 adults in the United States will experiences a serious mental illness that will interfere with lifes activities
  • 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 have a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.
  • 1 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer with schizophrenia
  • Almost 3 percent of adults in the U.S. are bipolar
  • Almost 7 percent of adults in the U.S.have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year
  • Over 18 percent of adults in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder

Suicide Statistics

AFSP which stands for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also have stats on suicide.

  • Men die by suicide 3 and 1/2 times more often than women.
  • 121 people die from suicide every day
  • White males account for 7 out of every 10 suicides
  • Firearms are used in half of all suicides.
  • Suffocation ranking second for all suicides
  • Suicide is highest in middle age among white men


The conclusion is this, get educated. Educate your children on both subjects because they are our future and they need to know these things.

If you know someone who has mental illness or is suicidal please, please, please don't hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline it's free and they can direct you as to whats the next step.

Yes, I am a mom who lost her son. I know as a parent the pain I go through daily because when my son took his life I was not educated and had no clue what was really going on with him or how to help.

I am writing this for many reasons but the number 1 reason is...I don't want someone else to have to go through this process of loosing someone they love, because you will never again be the same, and forever changed.

Bottom line...I CARE!


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