CJL Blog: Staying Aware

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Just recently the leader of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, committed suicide. Robin Williams was another person who took his life. As I look back, I noticed a very important theme we tend to ignore. Both individuals, in their own style and way, talked about their pain. We enjoyed the music and the jokes but did not hear the meaning.  With Suicide Awareness week approaching, I wanted to cover a few topics on this issue. Mostly, the myths associated with suicide. 

Most people have the belief, to not discuss suicide with a depressed person or someone who has been through some traumatic experiences.  In fear, the person will commit the act. People will make indirect statements about wanting to harm him or herself. Unless they are asked a direct question. A hint is giving in hopes someone is paying attention.  "You will miss me when I am gone."  "I do not belong here."  "I feel like I am drowning.”

It may seem difficult to understand the reason to commit suicide. Thoughts of suicide occur when it is the only means to end the pain and emotional anguish. The person is not "crazy".  Instead, you must realize the person is upset, depressed, stricken by grief and could be suffering from a mental illness. Whatever the reason, this is not something to take lightly.   Be aware, if the individual is having thoughts. He or she can be stopped if the authorities are contacted at once.   

 Unfortunately, people believe that those who have tried to commit suicide decided it was time to die. I can guarantee the individual made statements and tried many times to seek help. Unfortunately, suicide is not a huge topic of discussion in the community. Family and friends are not always able to hear the cries for help. If you are uncertain, seek professional help.

 So, you are aware, suicide is the 10th leading causes of death in the U.S. Each year 42, 773 Americans commit suicide. For every one of those individuals at least 25 people are attempting. According to the statistics presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, that on average 117 suicides per day.

Unfortunately, at -risk individual is not always reluctant to seek assistance until an attempt has been made.  Many factors play a role in preventing a person from seeking assistance.  Cultural impacts how a person perceives therapy or seeking help.   For instance, in the African American community, it is believed the best way to handle a problem is to allow it to remain in the family.

Suicide awareness is only for one week. However, information is always available.



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