*This hop is part of the National Suicide Prevention Week 2013 campaign.
Let’s start with some sobering information about Suicide from WHO:
Suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for all ages. Every year, nearly one million people die from suicide.
In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group; these figures do not include suicide attempts which are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide.
Although traditionally suicide rates have been highest among the male elderly, rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of countries, in both developed and developing countries.
Every year, almost 1 million people commit suicide, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death globally. Every 40 seconds another family loses a loved one to suicide.
As a mother, wife to a Vet, and friend these statistics are frightening. The fact that my two of my children have suffered bullying, depression, etc. terrifies me. As the wife of a Vet, I have seen too many people return home from service NOT get the help and love they need to deal with the horrors they have seen and endured. As a friend I have nearly lost more than one person to attempted suicide.
None of these things are acceptable to me, and I hope not to you either. There is so much that can be done to help those suffering. To help those abused and bullied until they no longer see any hope in a happy or positive future. To help and support those that are too afraid to seem ‘cowardly’, ‘whiny’, or ‘needy’ and shut themselves off from the very people that would and could help them. (I have heard these reasons for why someone didn’t speak up. I personally do not believe that asking for help is anything less than showing strength and courage!)
I do know how hard loss can be. How hard shunning and hate, even from your own family, can be. And hanging in there is not always something you can imagine, but I can promise that there are people that care, people that want to help, and people that will miss you. There are so many better ways of dealing with pain, loss, and darkness.
Life is a precious gift. Love is a blessing. And with a little care and selflessness we could all reach out to those around us that need a shoulder, a defender, HOPE.
Take a moment to be the HELP the world around you needs! Be the compass of HOPE in the darkness surrounding your loved ones. Be the LOVE others seek to help them find the STRENGTH and PASSION we all need in life.
Suicide prevention is a realistic goal, and governments worldwide should work together to find solutions to this growing public health problem.
- The Trevor Project
- His Name Was Steven
- It Gets Better
- Matthew Shepard Foundation
- You Will Rise Project
Also, I wanted to also share what happened when I told my eldest (he’s 17) what I was writing. He responded with the following ;
Suicide is in the back of the mind of so many people across the world, from all walks of life, from all religions and ideologies. It is a fact of both life and death to most people. Not all people see how much worth they can have even in there failure.
Sometimes the greatest failures of life are the true inspirations and leaders of the world. We all should strive to be inspirations in our personal worlds and make each other feel like they are worth something, even when they technically aren’t. It is still our duty as living beings of sentients to ensure that all of the wonderful beings of the world are loved and understand their worth.
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