The heart-wrenching conversation about suicide and suicide prevention continues, as it must. This silent epidemic is only going to continue to grow and affect more lives if the conversation stops. On September 12 2019, Peggy Wehmeyer shares her story about her husband’s suicide in the article What Lies in Suicide’s Wake. Having to push past the overwhelming feeling of guilt, the constant question of what more could have been done and the constant reminders of the event are struggles not only Peggy has dealt with but many others. It is advocated in the article that Peggy’s husband’s suicide was the result of personal issue that required help.The love of one person simply isn’t enough and can fix something so deep in someone else. Understanding how common mental illness and suicide is might get the message across to fully know why it is so important to be informed of it.
The suicide rate is only growing. From 1998 to 2016 suicide rates revealed an increase of 25% nationwide and in recent years increased more than 30% in over half the U.S. states. Stereotypical assumptions that women are more likely to commit suicide over men have been proven otherwise. From ages 10 to 34 suicide is the second leading cause of death in America. Of 121 people who commit suicide each day 93 of them are men. Although women are more likely to have suicidal thoughts it is imperative to understand the fact that either way, mental illness has no restrictions.
No matter the race, religion, color, creed or sexual orientation everyone is capable of developing and suffering from a mental illness. If this is something that is limited to no one the problem must be known and ways to help must be presented. The National Suicided Prevention Lifeline is a hotline you can call or online chat with to speak about issues someone may be dealing with. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is another organization one can turn to in order to seek help. Expand your knowledge on depression or other mental illnesses to save a life. By knowing the medical history behind someone’s family is a way one could essentially look out for someone’s mental health. If a person’s family medical background involves things like depression or bi-polar disorder over at higher risk to develop these illnesses. Another way to help a friend out who’s struggling with a mental disorder is to be a shoulder that they know they can lean on. Make them feel as though they won’t be judged if they come to you. The next best thing you could do to help someone struggling is to know when they are struggling. Know the early signs. Things like low confidence, keeping to themselves, loss of appetite, constantly tired, constantly being nervous or irritated are all signs of depression.