This content may trigger some people
September 10, 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day. And because in a round-about-way, my writing career* began as the catalyst for making sense of what my mind could only perceive as “nonsense” as I worked through the grief of losing my son to this preventable cause, I take a special interest in suicide prevention and awareness. In fact, when I’m not involved in the Winged-Women business, coaching, or writing, a large chunk of my time is spent in the raising awareness of adolescent suicide. But I also belong to groups where the focus is more on adult prevention. Those groups are extremely draining, so I generally stay only for brief moments, as the energy is just too heavy to bear for longer lengths.
The statistics are staggering. They are also getting progressively worse worldwide. And it’s not just impulsive angsty teenagers choosing suicide as a solution. More and more, suicide is taking out lives like an indiscriminate cancer randomly killing everyone in its pathway, without bias as to age, race, or gender. In many European countries, suicide is now the leading cause of death in young people aged 15-24. Globally, the number of male suicides is higher than female suicides, but that gap is rapidly closing. And perhaps the most startling statistic, and unquestionable wake up call is that for every suicide, there are an estimated 25 more attempts.
It’s not often that my blog posts are so sobering, and I hope you will not turn away from what has been swept beneath the carpets for far too long. We must open our eyes and face and disarm the demon. The only way I know to slay a monster, is to look it in the face and address the truth.
As I write this, I don’t know if you have experienced loss by suicide. I have no way to know that unless you’ve shared it with me. If you haven’t then you are surely among the minority of folks who have yet to feel the brutal loss when death comes so suddenly, leaving countless unanswered questions. And if you have been on the receiving side of that shock, my heart goes out to you in a manner that only a person with first-hand experience can extend; And I say, welcome to the club that no one wants to belong to.
I’ve prepared some memes that can be right clicked and saved for distribution if you’d like to share the message of suicide prevention & awareness. They are in a file at the page bottom. It’s my thinking, that if we can really push awareness, we can eventually do away with the need for a World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a nice dream….
And here’s an informative PDF from the World Health Organization (WHO) about suicide:
*Blessings in the Mire: A True Story of Miracles & Recollections
was my first book, written months after losing my son to suicide.
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Blessings in the Mire: A True Story of Miracles & Recollections
(it gets 5 Stars on Amazon)
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