Hi everyone, as stated on my previous blog entry, September is Suicide prevention month. I will be taking the time to present different topics regarding to suicide this whole month, specifically more so this week. Since most of the suicide prevention awareness occurs on the second week of September. But like I said, I will try to expand it for the rest of the month.
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Mental disorders—including depression, bipolar disorder, autism, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, physical disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, and substance abuse—including alcoholism and the use of and withdrawal from benzodiazepines—are risk factors.
Suicides are vastly higher among males than females among all age groups in most of the world. Statistic shows, as of 2015, two-thirds of the worldwide suicides are committed. To give a clear number, that is 1,140,00 men every year. Within this male statistic, the age group 65 and over is the highest among all the ages. This is one of the reasons why I am a strong advocate for men’s mental health, because it is not subject that get discuss a lot as it should be.
It is no different within the African American community. About 10% of African American commits suicide (that’s 4 million people). With 3% being African American women and 7 % being African American men. As well, as of 2015, suicide is 6th leading cause of death among the Hispanic community. As you see minorities receives a large affect regarding suicide rates. However, there are barely any discussion of this.
If you or anyone you suspect are having suicidal thoughts, please reach out. Go see a therapist. If you don’t have insurance and/or it’s too expensive, then communicate with your family and friends. If you’re too embarrassed or think they won’t understand, there are suicide hotlines for you to call. I will have them listed below. Please do not be afraid to express yourself. Its one of the ways to keep hope alive. Let us keep hope alive by adulting one day at a time.
IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE HELP, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING:
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Live Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/