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Sep 08

Suicide Prevention Week BlogHop

*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.



 

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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One (1) $50 gift certificate to Amazon. Winner will be chosen randomly from Rafflecopter entries on Sunday, 9/15/13.

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Each author/blogger will be hosting their own giveaway on their blogs and offering their own prizes in addition to the grand prize.

About the author

TempeO

Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.

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  1. DebraG

    I often help young people get help for their depression, but parents are often in denial

  2. suzlyne

    What a great son you have! I work with middle school kids and we discuss bullying frequently and one of the big talks we have as a school adds in about suicide prevention. It’s always a sobering day for the students.
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

    1. TempeO

      He is wonderful (and smart too, lol).
      So glad you meet the issues head on at your school. So many still don’t really even acknowledge bullying much less do any form of suicide prevention. Thank you!

  3. Sue Sattler

    My son spent over 4 years struggling to deal with severe PTSD and TBI from his 15 months in Iraq. On Jan. 2, 2011, he decided he could no longer do it and completed suicide. He was 25 and my oldest child, my sunshine, my pride and joy and my friend. We tried for many years to get him help, he was surrounded by loving family and friends, but I think sometimes he felt like a failure because he wasn’t able to handle it on his own. My sister and her husband are both physiologist’s so there was never any stigma about getting help. To say that his death devastated all of us is an understatement. He was the glue that held his former battle buddies together, sending them all into a tale spin when he passed away. I will never be the person I use to be, a part of me will be broken until I’m with him again. Thank you for bringing this subject out in the open, I talk about it often, I’m still in contact with his battle buddies, keeping tabs on them to make sure that they are okay, I do it for them and for my son because he loved them.

  4. sionedkla

    If we could just get those around us and connected to us to understand that they touch us every day of our lives, maybe we could convey their importance to us.

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

  5. diannehartsock

    Just wanted to stop in and say thanks for participating in this important hop! Hugs.

  6. Trix

    I think this hop will be very healing and useful for a lot of people. You’re all doing something really good–I’ve learned a lot already!

  7. bn100

    Thanks for participating. Being there for people and helping them

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Louisa Bacio

    Tempe — It sounds like you’ve raised a very smart son! Thank you for taking part in this hop, and what sobering statistics. Let’s lower them!

  9. Cindi

    My daughter cuts herself and has tried to overdose twice. I’m slowly learning to read the signs and try to give her lots of mom and me time. Ultimately, though, medicine and therapy are the BEST solution.
    Thanks for participating!

  10. Kat

    This subject has touched our family twice now over the last 50 yrs and despite the length of time since then it still hurts all of us greatly. I am very much a proponent of talking about suicide prevention and am happy that there are blogs such as this that are spreading the word.

    1. Kat

      kalimar2010 @ gmail.com

  11. felinewyvern

    Such a worthy cause.

    The low age of some suiciders was brought home to me this week. A teacher friend in USA mentioned that a pupil in his school had suicided and she was only 11! Her funeral was just last Friday 🙁

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  12. Juliana

    Just having a nonjudgemental person to talk to can make so much of an impact on someone. Knowing there is at least one person that you can confide in can do so much. Thank you for being part of this special hop.
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  13. H.B.

    Thanks for the facts and for helping to spread awareness. You have a great son and i loved his response. Thanks for sharing it.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  14. Charley Descoteaux

    Great post — i like your son’s additions. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ashtrie Karana Putrie

    It’s a beauty, your son have an insight that way above his age. I see great parenting here…

  16. Carolyn

    Thank you (and your son) for being another light in the darkness for those in pain and those trying to support them.

  17. Pam

    I recently went through a difficult time. I sat down with my husband and broke down and expressed all my fears and feelings and just saying everything out loud helped me.

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