This suicide prevention article from the Associated Press brought the Live Through This project to my attention and I think they’re both a good read for everyone, whether you’re suicidal or not. There’s a lot of misinformation about suicide and this goes a long way to clearing these misunderstandings up.
One of the most important reasons to read about this is that the stigma people have given suicide causes suicidal people to remain silent, when silence kills. They need help but often won’t seek it for fear of the reaction, which is why you should educate yourself so you don’t knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the culture of silence by spreading ideas that suicidal people hear – and which cause them to keep their mouth shut.
Certain acts should indeed be taboo or forbidden, but nothing should be taboo to discuss. Rape, child molestation, and suicide are just a few of the subjects our culture, and that of the world, have inhibited discussion of, adding a layer of difficulty to what people are going through.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Some Facts About Suicide (from the Live Through This site)
- A suicide attempt is made every 40 seconds (over 2000 a day)
- Someone dies from suicide every 15 minutes (nearly 100 a day)
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and increasing
- 90% of those who die from suicide have a treatable psychiatric condition at the time of their death
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- American Association of Suicidology
- Live Through This
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