Suicide is preventable. In the pursuit of physical health, flawless body, and
alluring appearance people tend to ignore their mental health. Though mental
health is as significant as the physical one. The thing is that today’s
realities are sometimes too harsh on many people. Stress quite often becomes
the reason of mental disorders leading to Suicide.
Suicide is a subject most people avoid for it
makes them uncomfortable and cringe.
According to psych central suicide is “an irrational desire to die” Those
who commit suicide don’t necessarily want to kill themselves. The effects of it
are devastating and felt long after the individual has taken their life.
Leaving behind family members and friends who try to make sense of a senseless
and purposeless act. According to the
American Suicide Prevention each year 44,965 Americans die by
suicide, on average that’s about 123 suicides per day. Roughly about 1 suicide
every 16-20 mins. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in
America. Being the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year olds
and 2nd for 24 to 35-year olds. The most common cause of suicidal
thoughts is grief, sexual abuse, financial problems, remorse the list goes on
all leading to mental illness. According to the research shown by
university of Rochester school of medicine 90% of people who commit suicide have a
diagnosable mental illness depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anoxia,
borderline personality disorder, it’s a long list of disorder that contribute. Why
don’t these people come forward and ask for help?
In many cultures mental illness is viewed as a character
flaw. They are told to just shake it off, or have a positive attitude or it’s
all in their heads. Mental disorder is surrounded by shame and stigma which
prevents mentally ill people getting the help that need. There are many
misconceptions surrounding suicide for instance “those who talk about suicide
won’t go through with it, anyone tries to kill themselves must be crazy, if
someone wants to commit suicide there is nothing going to stop them” all these
statements are false. According to Dr.
Smith article about suicide “Still, the social conspiracy of silence on
suicide is very much alive and thriving. No subject is more misunderstood, even
today then suicide. It remains one of the last taboos”
combat the stigma surrounding mental illness is spread awareness, positive
portrayal of people with mental illnesses in the media, for it needs to get
more accepted. Elevate the voices, the more exposure someone has to mental
illness are less likely to endorse or support stigma. Some people don’t
acknowledge it because they don’t go through these problems. One’s willingness
to talk about it in a non-judgmental, non-confrontational way can be the help
needed to save a life. According to
Michael Burstein, Psy.D., a New York based clinical psychologist “When it’s
normalized, a lot of people feel okay communicating it effectively to other,
they don’t feel so isolated-they feel it’s okay to reach out.” Suicide is one
of those things where one must take active steps and be their own advocate, it
can be frightening to make yourself vulnerable but it’s a positive not a
negative and no one should feel judged. According to Jeff Carpenter of ABC
news he states, “the warning signs of suicide include: lack of
energy, not enjoying the things that used to be pleasurable, change is sleep
patterns, irritability, loss of confidence, the tendency to be critical of
self.” If the signs and symptoms are recognized, there is a chance to make a
difference between life and death.
Suicide is preventable, by recognizing the signs, symptoms
and educating ourselves with the available resources we can prevent it. T.J.
Glenn, M.D. stated “Knowledge is power. If we seek the truth, it can give us
the freedom to choose and make appropriate decisions”. Let’s open our eyes to
this preventable tragedy, be a society where we don’t tolerate the intolerable.
Let 2018 and the years that follow it be the years where suicide rates decrease