My intention is to raise awareness of the horrible tragedy of suicide. The organizations that battle this inexplicable, invisible pain need help. Folks that reach out to those contemplating suicide AND the forgotten families that are left behind to survive (SOS… the “survivors of suicide”) are fighting an uphill battle.
This nightmare is on the rise… please help.
The chart below is from cdc.gov
As of 2014 per the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death in age groups 10-14, 15-24, 24-34. Suicide has surpassed stroke in 45-54 year olds.
From 1999 to 2014, suicide rates have risen:
24-34 yrs olds - 29%
15-24 yrs olds - 29%
10-14yr olds a heartbreaking SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT!!!
Are these statistics acceptable for anyone???
So... what can we do???
There is probably more we are not thinking of but for now, lastly....
We need an educated, caring and conscientious community to be advocates for those struggling inside. Often these internal battles cannot be won by good parents/family alone. Teachers, doctors, and peers… all have vital rolls to play. In some cases, process failures in the health and educational communities need to be identified and remediated.
We need to care for the survivors of suicide. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters... their lives will never be the same. The pain, guilt, failure... these are all part of the horrors that suicide survivors endure. Additionally, the increased potential in subsequent suicides, divorce, depression, PTSD and financial pressures associated with treatment... all attempting to destroy what is left of the family. Joy in a survivor's life must be actively pursued and when found, must be allowed.