Suicide

If depressive illnesses are left untreated, they can be fatal. 30,000 people kill themselves in the U.S. every year. It is estimated that the actual figure may be 3 times that number due to inaccurate reporting, i.e. suicides recorded as accidental instead. The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that 95% of all suicides occur at the peak of a depressive episode. Healthy people do not kill themselves. Depressive illnesses can distort a person’s thinking, so they don’t think clearly or rationally. They may not know they have a treatable illness, or they may think that they can’t be helped. Their illness can cause thoughts of hopelessness and helplessness, which may then lead to suicidal thoughts. In order to save lives, it’s critical that society recognize the warning signs of these biological diseases that cause suicide. But there is still stigma associated with these illnesses which prevents public education and early treatment for sufferers. The topic of suicide has always been taboo. It is a subject that is so misunderstood by people, thereby allowing myths to be perpetuated. Education is the key to understanding this incredible tragedy that, in many cases, might be prevented.

One Response to Suicide

  1. Avatarwendy frail\mcdonald says:

    My son,James, ended his life by jumping off my balcony on April 22\16. He was being treated by a phyciatrist and was is phsychosis and his meds were being adjusted when this happened. Itruely believe he was hearing voices that he thought was God telling him to jump of balcony He told me about his voices and I didn’t recognize that I should have called 911 and have him attmited to hospital. I am guilty of not understanding the seriousness of his illness. He was diaganosed as an adult therefor I had no information or rights to his records because he was an adult. I will always wonder if his suicide could have been prevented had I been inform on the seriousness of his mental health. Thank you for giving me this forum to tell my truths.

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