Sunday, June 10, 2018
Suicide,... an act of taking ones own life. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, taking ones own life is the 10th single most cause of death in the US. Almost 45,000 Americans die by their own hand. For white middle aged males,... you represented 7 out of 10 suicides in 2016. Above sources are from AFSP Stats.
Personally I've always viewed it as a selfish act. From the few I've known to take their own life, this holds true. But it certainly isn't the case in many others. There are other factors with probably depression being the front runner. I know from experience how depression can play with the mind. I'd be lying if I said the thoughts hadn't entered my mind. They have. Luckily for me I guess, I listened to the "good" voices in my head. The voices of reason prevailed.
This past week two well known people took their own lives. Both were very successful in what they did. To the public eye, they seemed to be living the dream. But apparently it wasn't the case. I wonder what might have happened if they had called the number above. Would it have made a difference? We'll never know because suicide is the final act a person can do. Would talking to a friend, relative, minister made a difference? We'll never know that either.
Always remember this,... This too shall pass is an old saying that holds a lot of truth. Everything changes. Problems we think we cannot bear will seem less large as time goes by. Time is a great thing. Do not be ashamed to ask for help, to share your thoughts with others. Asking for help shows strength, not weakness. Go talk to someone you trust or call the number above. Do not let yourself become a statistic.