Suicide: A national health crisis (possible trigger)

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Suicide: A national health crisis (possible trigger)
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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 8:31am

Many of you already know that the number of suicides in the United States is on the rise. It is a very serious issue that the Government is now trying to doing something about.

According to this Health Day News article, "America loses approximately 100 Americans every 24 hours from suicide," said Pamela Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, at a press conference Monday morning. Among people 18 to 24, suicide is now the third leading cause of death, officials said....The new strategy brings together government, the private sector, schools and communities to raise suicide awareness, increase prevention efforts and develop new treatments for those at risk, she said, speaking at the news conference." MORE

Why do you think this is happening? Will the government efforts help? What would you advise them to do?

Karla
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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 11:37am

I don't have kids in school so have no idea if students are taught about mental health illness in school?  Are they taught that depression is a disease, just as diabetes or heart disease.  

I think if people weren't ashamed of their feelings it might help.  I remember back 2002 when I told my Mom and 2 sisters I was diagnosed with long standing depresison my one sister never believed it even existed until a talk show host said she had it,  imagine how I felt to hear, well, Rosie D explained it so now I know what you have!  

I openly tell people I have depression if we are talking in the right situation.   I think everyone at work knew I saw a therapist, so for myself, I took the shame stigma out of it.  I am not suggesting being open about it is the best course for everyone.

Family doctors should screen for it but also, as patients we have to be honest also as our doctors can't read our minds. 

Medical health insurance should provide for it, which I am lucky and my does.

If I had a child I would try and keep the lines of communication open, I would want that child to be willing to share they are depressed or don't want to live as well as do they need birth control.  I am not sure all parents are comfortable discussing all types of subjects.

Just my 2 cents on it,  Josie

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 11:54am

Hi Josie,

I agree with you that insurance companies need to provide better coverage for mental health issues. I also think businesses and schools need to work harder on prevention. I don't know how it's done in typical schools these days because I homeschool, but my children's health curriculum contains quite a bit of study on mental health topics.

Karla
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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 11:55am

I also don't know how, or even if, schools deal with this issue but I wonder how much of this is due to PTSD in returning veterans, which can fall within that age group as well, and certainly seems to have been ignored by the VA, among others...

Also, the current economic situation has certainly increased teh stress levels among young people who are finding themselves jobless, homeless, etc.  with no apparent "light" at the end of that tunnel.

Sadly, suicidal thinking is still percieved as something to be ashamed of, by the family of the victim, and is rarely talked about. When DH attempted his suicide, we were lucky enough to get him treatment but he still won't talk about the event and seems to have blanked some of the circumstances out. I hope his psychiatirst gets him talking about it (he actually had an appointment yesterday) as he won't talk about it with me...

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 12:01pm

Carol, I'm sorry to hear about your husband. I do hope his therapist is able to help. It must be very frustrating for you to feel like you are not able to help.

Maybe some of the other women here who have been in your husband's shoes can share how they feel family members could help in this kind of situation.

Karla
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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 12:10pm
cmkarla wrote:

.... Among people 18 to 24, suicide is now the third leading cause of death, officials said....

That is a really chilling statistic...

I think there are so many factors that come into play that educating the public is definitely necessary. So many things can trigger suicidal thoughts, some medications can increase the risks, young people are having to try to cope with more stress in every section of their lives and often feel they have no where to turn for help. I pray that this is a beginning of a move in the right direction...

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My husband died back in 2010, but when he was still alive one time he asked me if he should take the bullets out of the gun he had here in case a burgular was breaking in.  He asked it with compassion, not judgment, and I calmly said you don't have to take the bullets out as my mode would always be an overdose of pills.  I wouldn't choose cuttiing wrists or a gun.

For me, when suicide seems to be a choice it is because the pain of life is more than I can bare and the thought is suicide will make the pain go away. 

My husband was on disability so he would tell me to wake him up if I needed to talk at any time.  And once or twice after I had gotten up early I would crawl back into bed crying and he would hold me.

I hope your husband can share all his thoughts with his therapist,  I know I tell mine everything, no matter how bad the thoughts are.

Josie.

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Registered: 10-22-2001

~hugs~

Very Cool Attitude Josie...

<3

I am the same way, "Communication" is Important!

I talk to my kids openly.

ALWAYS have...ALWAYS will...

Nightangel