September 10th, 2015 is World Suicide Prevention Day and a very significant day for so many. Wether you have ever lost someone to suicide or are currently supporting a friend struggling with suicidal thoughts it is a very heavy experience for anyone to handle. Often times suicide is the end result of years of undiagnosed and or untreated clinical depression that spirals out of control until hope seems to be lost. Most who commit suicide don’t actually want to die but simply want the pain to end.
Here in the United States alone their is someone who commits suicide every thirteen minutes which averages over 38,000 deaths a year. Their is one successful suicide for every 25 suicide attempts and every day approximately 105 americans die due to suicide. World wide over 800,000 people die a year on average due to suicide, that is the size of some entire countries themselves ! One suicide happens every 45 seconds world wide, that is far too many taking their lives and this is a day to recognize that something has to be done. (http://www.save.org/index.cfm…)
Depression and suicide rates amongst LGBT along with those who are diagnosed HIV + are higher than that of the general population. Stigma and discrimination often trigger depression that can continue to build and grow into the darkest thoughts of ones soul. It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of depression including suicidal thoughts so a tragedy can be prevented before it starts. This requires professional help and experts who are trained in how to handle these situations. Below are some helpful links to help if you are experiencing these type of thoughts or if you would like to learn more on how to support someone going through these thoughts.
My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all who have lost someone to the act of suicide. While you greave the loss of your loved ones you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and light to all heart emoticon
1 (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Hotline (USA)
http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/ (Intl Resources)