It is always so shocking to hear about someone choosing to end his life. This time it was a wonderful, seemingly happy, accomplished thirty-one year old.
Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide or 12.1 for every 100,000 to total over 38,000 Americans every year making it the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
“People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.” Not True. Almost everyone who commits or attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Do not ignore suicide threats.
“Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy.” Not True. Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They may be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing. Extreme distress and emotional pain are always signs of mental illness but are not signs of psychosis.
“If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her.” Not True. Even the most severely depressed person has mixed feelings about death, and most waiver until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to end their pain. Most suicidal people do not want to die; they want the pain to stop.
“People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help.” Not True. Studies of adult suicide victims have shown that more then half had sought medical help within six month before their deaths and a majority had seen a medical professional within 1 month of their death.
“Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.” Not True. You don’t give a suicidal person ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true — bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.
If you have thoughts of suicide, these options are available:
Dial: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)- the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Check yourself into the emergency room.
Tell someone who can help you find help immediately.
Stay away from things that might hurt you.