August 22, 2013

Assessing Our Value

So for those of you who do not know, I am currently finishing up (just turned in my last exam paper) my master's degree in psychology.  With that being said, I recent had the opportunity to do some research on suicide.  Let me just tell you, I cannot believe some of the facts that I uncovered!!!

Did you know that suicide is the 10th cause of death in the United States?  Suicide is also the 3rd cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 - 24!!!!  Statistics show that one person every 14 minutes commits suicide and we as a society lose one young person every 2 hours to suicide.  What is even worse to think about is that the statistics are not accurate....many times suicide is not the reported cause of death.

The reason I am sharing this with you because this a tragic event no only to the person who ends their life but also the family and loved ones left behind.  What is so tragic about this is the fact that suicide is preventable.  I think we as a society get so busy with dealing with our own issues that we do not make time for the people that we love and we do not see the warning signs.

Warning signs of someone at risk of taking their life includes (but not limited to):

Severe depression due to the death of a loved one or failure of a romantic relationship
Feelings of 'no way out'
Effective coping skills
Social isolation
History of suicide attempts and thoughts
"Cleaning House"-giving away prized possessions

If you believe someone may attempt to commit suicide, talk to them.  Take the time to listen, after all, a caring listener could offer a different perspective on the person's situation and help decrease the person's feeling of isolation.  If this does not help, talk to them about seeking professional help.  Help that person realize their life is worth living!!!

-Rambling Holly

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