Suicide: Is Enough Being Done to Raise Awareness and Prevent it?

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Recently, in the news, we heard about Jacintha Saldanha who committed suicide after being part of a hoax and about an NFL player who turned the gun on himself after killing his girlfriend.  These are just two stories that have recently made the news.

  • In 2010, it was estimated that every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide and nearly 1,000,000 people make a suicide attempt every year. Ref1
  • In June of 2012, it was reported that the suicide rate in the military was the highest level in ten years. Ref2
  • Suicide has surpassed car accidents as the No. 1 cause of injury-related death in the United States, according to research in 2010.  Ref3

These statistics raise the question: Is enough being done to prevent suicide? I have to wonder as the story of the death of NFL player, Jovan Belcher, became a political talk about gun control.

Part of the blame is possibly on our government or hard times. However, in this case, it was clearly the media that turned an opportunity of raising awareness about suicide into something else.

Update: On December 14th, Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary before turning the gun on himself. Dr. Hisham Hafez, executive director of the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center in NH says, “The question is really how to create public policy that helps people get the care they need, including their ability to be able to function in society and living within societal norms” and “In this society, we’re not preventative,” he said. “Most of our health care system is built on you have to be ill before you can be treated. The key thing for recovery is not just giving you care. What’s missing in health care is the personal relationships.” Ref5

WHAT IS BEING DONE?

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

“Suicide. We would rather not talk about it. We hope it will never happen to anyone we know. But suicide is a reality, and it is more common than you might think. The possibility that suicide could claim the life of someone you love cannot be ignored. By paying attention to warning signs and talking about the “unthinkable,” you may be able to prevent a death.” Ref4

If you know someone who is struggling with depression or has told you they have been thinking about suicide, act now!

Articles that can help you:

Also, you can write to politicians, athletes, actors/actresses,  musicians, singers, and the media asking them to help raise awareness of suicide.  Unfortunately, there is still a stigma with mental illness and suicide. People don’t want to talk about either, but they need to now more than ever!

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About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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One Response to Suicide: Is Enough Being Done to Raise Awareness and Prevent it?

  1. Pingback: Things being done to Prevent Suicide/Raise Awareness | Capstone Project: Suicide

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