Suicide is an extremely serious topic and is not to be dealt with lightly. I’d like to talk a little about the matter, as The Thirteenth Step does include the topic of suicide.
If you are feeling or having thoughts of hurting yourself, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or go to your nearest emergency room
I cannot stress enough to those of you out there who are going through difficult times that you are not alone.There are people around you who want to listen and help.
“Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. In 2007, it was the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 34,598 deaths.1 The overall rate was 11.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people.1 An estimated 11 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death.” (www.nimh.nih.gov)
Also according to the National Institute of Mental Health (www.nimg.nih.gov), some of the risk factors are as follows:
- depression or other mental disorders
- substance abuse
- previous suicide attempt
- family history of suicide attempt, mental illness, and/or substance abuse
- violence in the home (physical or sexual)
- presence of firearms in the homes (which accounts for more than half of suicides)
- “exposure to suicidal behavior of others”
These are just risk factors that may make a person more likely to attempt suicide. There are, however, many more reasons for people to feel like this. Everyone’s situation is unique. There is no mathematical formula to predict suicide.
Remember: you are not alone.