Note: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Your life matters.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that approximately 1 person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, with 78% of suicides occurring in low and middle-income countries around the world. The United States has seen an increase of 30% in suicides from 1999 to 2010, and it’s considering the leading cause of death in the U.S. Suicide is an incredibly important topic to discuss because of not only its effects on millions of people around the world, but because of the tools, resources, and support that can be used to prevent it as well.
Life gets busy, but that shouldn’t mean that we close our eyes, ears, and heart to those around us. Suicide doesn’t always emerge from the form of depression; sometimes it’s in the wink of an eye, behind a person’s smile, or amidst someone walking. It easily disguises itself to those who fail to truly see and listen – but that doesn’t mean that we can’t become more open to the subtle signs:
- Withdrawing from others and activities one used to enjoy
- Talking about suicide and death
- Feeling excessive guilt
- Increasing one’s use of substances
- Exhibiting rage, irritation, anxiety, etc.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Researching methods for suicide
- Sleeping too much or too little
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) emphasizes that there are many factors that could contribute to a loved one’s death by suicide. We won’t always know these reasons – for some it’s a feeling, for others it’s a series of events or one tragic event that disrupted their life. By providing support to your loved ones and checking in with them on a regular basis, you’re ensuring they have the support network they need. By having conversations like this, we can provide our loved ones with tools and resources to guide them to help. Don’t miss your chance to save a life. Express your love. Show your support. You won’t regret it.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.