I am a Concerned Blogger and here is my message…
This month the Concerned Blogger Association is talking about a very sensitive topic that unfortunately is increasing in numbers as I type this. That topic would be Suicide.
Suicide is the process of purposely ending one’s own life. The way societies view suicide varies widely according to culture and religion. Nearly 1 million people worldwide commit suicide each year, with anywhere from 10 million to 20 million suicide attempts annually. Reportedly 30,000 people kill themselves each year in the United States. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in males and the 16th leading cause of death in females.
Although the reasons why people commit suicide are multifaceted and complex, possible triggers for suicide are real or imagined losses, like the breakup of a romantic relationship, moving, loss (especially if by suicide) of a friend, loss of freedom, or loss of other privileges.
With anything there are warning signs. Warning signs can include the person making a will, getting his or her affairs in order, suddenly visiting friends or family members, buying instruments of suicide like a gun, hose, rope, pills or other forms of medications, a sudden and significant decline or improvement in mood, or writing a suicide note.
Even though the intent of suicide is to kill oneself, the effects of suicide effects that person or persons and those around them. The effects of suicidal behavior or completed suicide of friends and family members are often devastating. Individuals who lose a loved one to suicide are more at risk for becoming preoccupied with the reason for the suicide while wanting to deny or hide the cause of death, wondering if they could have prevented it, feeling blamed for the problems that preceded the suicide, feeling rejected by their loved one, and stigmatized by others. Survivors may experience a great range of conflicting emotions about the deceased, feeling everything from intense emotional pain and sadness about the loss, helplessness and even anger.
If you feel as if you want to end your life or know someone who might be considering suicide, there is help. You can call 911, a friend, family member or the many suicide help prevention hotlines. Here are a couple below that can and will help you get through tough times. Always remember you are not alone.
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This Public Service Announcement was brought to you by the Concerned Bloggers Association.
If you would like to become involved, please contact Marleen Vaughan for more information.