Suicide is frequently the subject of conversation today with the ever increasing amount of worries people face. We never really know what will come across a persons mind; it could be good or could be horrible. Suicide and suicidal thoughts are a very serious topic that we seem has become normalized in the everyday conversation of teenagers. Sometimes these threats can be warning signs and sometimes it is a reaction to an event but either way, suicidal talk is something that everyone should take seriously. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention there 44,965 Americans complete suicide each year. In the state of Kentucky the suicide rate has increased at a rapid pace over the past few years. In fact, it has risen 31 percent to 37 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is hope. These rates are changing as people who contemplate suicidal acts receive the help they need. During the week of Sep 9 – Sep 15 different foundations hosted events to talk about the issues related to suicide and offered help to those who need it. Awareness weeks is not the only way attention has been drawn to suicide prevention. Many celebrities have discussed these issues and even talked about their own experiences with this tough topic. Riverdale star,Lili Reinhart, recently talked about how her anxiety gets really bad and how it has affected her career. She has stated that she is now focusing more on her mental health. If you’d like to read more form celebrities who have experienced these thoughts, Harper’s Bazaar has included a list of celebrities who are talking about mental health and their own experiences.
We all play a role in suicide prevention. You can find additional information about suicide prevention at https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2018/. https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2018/
As always, if you or someone you know is dealing with these issues don’t hesitate to call the suicide prevention lifeline which is 1-800-273-8255 because people do need you, they love you and will forever be there for you.