Suicide Awareness

Hey guys, it’s Alex, welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a blog that discusses topics that are worth discussing. Today is October 28th, 2010, and the topic that we’ll talk about today is Suicide Awareness.

“When I was in seventh grade, a kid at another school killed himself. He had gotten a rifle for Christmas and had shot himself one night. Everyone in the county heard about his death, and it affected everyone no matter who you were. It was so sad. To this day, people are still affected by his death.” -Anonymous

In my recent Health class, we did a Suicide Prevention unit. We learned about the warning signs of suicide, what to do when you or a friend is contemplating suicide, and how to prevent suicide.

I, personally, was very inspired by this unit. I knew of someone who actually succeeded in his attempt to commit suicide, so it spoke to me. I wanted to help them. I wanted to help those who were thinking of suicide, and I wanted to help them realize that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Every twenty-four hours, twelve people die by suicide. When I heard this statistic in class, I was shocked. In that moment, I wanted to know the people who were going to be a part of the next twelve. I wanted to help them. I wanted to tell them that there’s still hope. When I heard this statistic, it broke my heart. Those twelve people thought that their life wasn’t worth living. I’m here to tell you, life IS worth living.

One of the things we learned in the Suicide Prevention unit is how with most teen suicides, more often than not least one other person knows about their plans. If at least one other person knows, then how come the number of suicides is still rising? This is because most friends don’t know how to react. If someone tells you they are thinking about suicide, tell a trusted adult, and don’t leave them alone. If someone asks you to keep it a secret, that is one secret that isn’t worth keeping. Tell a trust adult immediately.

What if the victim doesn’t tell anyone before they commit suicide? There are warning signs to suicide. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness are all signs of suicide. Hating themselves or being depressed can also be signs. Some actions like drugs or alcohol abuse can also lead to suicide. Constantly thinking about death or dying, being overly aggressive, or excessively violent can be signs of suicide. Changes in personality or behavior or threats to hurt themselves are often signs of suicide. Situations like getting into trouble at school or with the law can often be signs. The signs of suicide are practically endless. We need to become aware of these warning signs of suicide so the number of suicides can decline.

Below is a music video by Rascal Flatts. Their song, “Why,” is about suicide and how people can be affected by it.This video is taken from YouTube.

Sometimes people don’t understand why others commit suicide. Some causes may be divorce of parents, death of a family member, rejection of peers, substance abuse, and depression.

“There’s a website, www.sixbillionsecrets.com, and there are many posts on there about people thinking of suicide. It’s so sad to read the posts because you don’t know these people, but yet you want to help them and you can’t.” -Anonymous

Unfortunately, a fact we have to face is we can’t save everyone. But, hopefully we can make a difference in their decision. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Most people, at some point, have thoughts of suicide in their life. Thankfully there are ways to stop us from putting those thoughts into actions. There are national hotlines for those who need someone to talk to. There are trusted adults everywhere that are more than willing to help. Teachers, coaches, public workers, are all good examples of who can help.

Please, if you, or a person close to you is thinking of suicide, think twice. Life is worth living. There is hope. Any problem in anyone’s life can be solved, it’s just a matter of time.

If you need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call:

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Ever since the Suicide Prevention unit in Health class, I wanted to help, somehow. I wanted to help those twelve people in the next twenty-four hours. I will continue to work to reduce that number, and hopefully, someday, make that number zero. I’m inspired to do so, and hopefully you can be too.

In loving memory of Travis B. (1996-2009) We will never forget you.

 

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