Thursday, September 10, 2015

Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day

According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), over 800,000 people take their own lives each year across the world.

In 2013 (The most recent year for which full data for the United States is available), 41,419 suicides were reported. This makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the US. That's higher than Homicide which is 16th. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in the world for ages 15-44.

In 2013, someone in the US died of suicide about every 12 minutes. In the entire world, a person dies of suicide every 40 seconds.

How can you not be taken aback by these facts? Can you sit there and not want to help. Helping is as easy as simple as conversation or a silent show of support. Just sending out a proud message to let your circle know that if any of them are in trouble, you will listen.

Today, was World Wide Suicide Prevention Day. I've seen a good show of support on the internet, but I hope next year we have more. Every person in the entire world deserves to know that they are wanted, that people are here to listen and support them, and that they can recover from whatever is pushing them to the edge. Depression, any mental illness, is treatable. You can have happiness and peace of mind if you're willing to work for it.

I hope you know that your story is not over. This too shall pass. I know the cliches get old, but they are tried and true. It took me far too long to reach out for help. Ask someone to talk. I'm sure they will be more than willing.

We can work to end suicide together by being there for each other as human beings. Forget religion, race, gender, sex. Be brave and be kind.

Be brace and share your story with the world so that others may know that recovery is possible and that they are not alone.

Be kind because you never know what someone else has been through. Be an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and the voice of support letting them know they are strong enough to beat this.

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