Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
Who wouldn't prevent a suicide if they could?
"What Dreams May Come" is a movie that stars Robin Williams. In the movie, his wife kills herself after the death of their children and is sent to Hell. Robin Williams goes through Hell to bring his wife back. Ironic years later, he would take his own life.
Suicide has hit almost every family I know. Some of them refuse to admit it and talk about it. Dealing with the sudden loss of a family member can leave you blaming yourself. You might not be as honest with what happened when you feel responsible.
Not talking about it will NOT help anyone. Especially if you're repressing some deep emotions.
A friend of mine killed himself a few years back. I can't help but think no matter what you are running from... it will find you. I felt like I should have saved him but sometimes the demons are more powerful than we are. We can't save them if they don't want to be saved. People can only numb themselves with drugs and alcohol so long before the fuse is lit.
White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2017. Click here to see that fact and many more. On average, there are 129 suicides per day. Many by Veterans. The number of suicide deaths for the police, fire and EMS now outnumber the line of duty deaths. In 2017, the highest suicide rate was among adults between 45 and 54 years of age.
In 2017, an estimated 1,400,000 thousand suicides were attempted. Suicide and self injury cost the U.S. 69 billion dollars in 2015.
China is one of the few countries where women are killing themselves more than the men: 8 to 10.
I suffer from PTSD from many accidents. Last year, I saw the movie "A Star is Born." It scared the hell out of me. I think we need to recognize the substances that give us these thoughts and avoid them. At one time, I wanted to be numb. But it's better to feel EVERYTHING than feel nothing.
I wish I had the answer for everyone, but yoga really helped me. Breathing, relaxation. The calming voice of Deb Hart. I found a small bit of peace in my life and I am clinging to it.
Find the things that make you want to live. Life is so much better with you in it.