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Suicide Prevention: Why It's So Important.

Updated on September 14, 2010

Help. Hope. Spread. Love.

DO SOMETHING.
DO SOMETHING.

Why is it important to spread the word?

The stereotypes that go along with suicide have always been taboo to society, media, public view/eye, and has been looked at as "crazy", evil, satanic, weak, and other such labels. These are all false. When someone feels like no one understands them, they hide into a sort of introverted cocoon, so to speak. This just makes things worse as they become more and more lost and haunted in their own thoughts and emotions and become depressed. When people view depression as being "taboo", the depressed person will be afraid and/or embarrassed to reach out for help and therefore sink further into depression, often identifying themselves as "bad", "crazy", "not normal", "worthless", a burden, weak, and other such thoughts. When feeling these things, suicide may feel like the only option or escape which is the complete opposite in reality.

Why worry if it doesn't affect me?

You will never know if and when suicide will hit your life, whether directly or from someone close to you. So many people hide a secret life. Someone who means so much to you may really be suffering and one day you will be shocked to find them gone. Even if they did seem totally "O.K." Also, you never know when tragedy may strike. In a world so random, ever-changing, and unpredictable such as this one, you may never know when life will take a toll on you and you will find yourself in a black abyss, your hope being drained. I like to keep the mindset that if you don't help others in need, who will be there for you when you are in need? On top of everything, it sincerely feels good to help others and turn their life around or spark some life back into them.

What causes suicide?

One or a combination of the following may cause a person to commit suicide:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Other mental illnesses
  • Drug overdose
  • Bullying
  • Abuse
  • Rape
  • Low self-esteem/self-worth
  • Stereotypes
  • Loneliness
  • Being ignored
  • Feeling "different"
  • Feeling "un-loved" and/or worthless
  • Medications
  • Sexual orientation/confusion
  • Lack of motive/purpose

What are results of the prejudice and ignorance associated with suicide?

What are results of the prejudice and ignorance associated with suicide?

There are many sad truths to the matter. Many times, when a patient enters the ER in a hospital after a suicide or self injury attempt, they are not prioritized. In other words, they are left for last. Now this is just feeding the victim's feeling of worthlessness and burden even more! Many receive no kindness and even some horrible treatment by doctors and nurses.

Also many suicide victims are buried without any identification by means of a tombstone or symbol or anything. What does this imply? That to the eyes of the public, they are viewed as a "nobody" or at least as a lesser class of man. This just feeds the negative stereotype and labels that go with suicide.

What can I do?

Get involved! Every person counts. There are many ways to spread the word and help. Here are a few!

  • Find out about local "runs" for the cause around your area
  • Sign up at http://www.dosomething.org
  • Find out how you can council others
  • Spread the word to your friends and tell them how it affects others
  • Participate in "To Write Love On Her Arms" (TWLOHA) at http://www.twloha.org even though I believe it should be "To Write Love On THEIR Arms" instead of just "her" …
  • Light a candle and put it by your window at 8 p.m. on Suicide Prevention Day
  • Give people hugs and strangers smiles (trust me it'll make a difference in their day)
  • Donate money to http://www.outofthedarkness.org and learn more on activities you can participate in from their site
  • Learn more about the topic!

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    • EvenDeathLies profile imageAUTHOR

      EvenDeathLies 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you so much. I'm so sorry I never replied, I still need to figure out how exactly hubpages works and I'm so busy since I take part in way more websites than I can handle. :P I'm really honored though. Thank you so much.

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      Dizzy Foxx 

      6 years ago

      I have started a blog using your words. You have done a great job here and this is a subject that needs to be understood.

      (blog is linked to here)

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