On a Serious Note: Discussing the Tragedy of Suicide

Today’s post was originally planned to be about what I got from Ulta but a story on my local newspaper convinced me to write about something a bit more serious.

This morning, there was another report of a suicide where I live. This is the third story like this to make the local paper this year and it is only the middle of February. And of course these are only the suicides that make the news. It doesn’t account for any suicides or attempts that occur behind closed doors.

This is a tragedy that should not be occurring. People are feeling so distraught and alone to the point where they feel like death is the only option.

So in order to bring more awareness to this issue, I thought I would discuss a few important bits of information about suicide and suicide prevention.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and it is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24.

Depression is one of the biggest contributers to suicide.

There are some warning signs:
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Now for these signs, don’t just assume because someone is doing one of these things, that they are going to take their life today, but also don’t ignore them if they are present. Lend an ear and be willing to listen.

And there are ways to get help
Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
imalive.org (if you can’t/don’t want to talk on the phone)
Along with many local organizations (such as the Samaritans in NYC, which has a 24 hour crisis hotline).

If you know someone who is feeling depressed or suicidal, don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Let them know about the options available to them and most importantly, let them know that they are not alone.

If you are feeling depressed or suicidal, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone. There are people who care about you and are there for you.

Sending my thoughts and prayers to all those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Xoxo
Ally

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