The Truth About Suicide
Start writing a post
popular

The Truth About Suicide

The disease that is taking us away.

7012
The Truth About Suicide
Kenny Kemp / Twitter

Suicide: the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the CDC, 105 Americans commit suicide every day, with one happening every 12.3 minutes. About 38,000 Americans lose their life to suicide every year and around 250,000 people survive a suicide attempt. For every twenty-five suicide attempts, one loses their life. Males represent 79 percent of all suicides. Females are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and to suffer from depression. Women attempt suicide at a rate 3 times higher than men. Suicide is highest among ages 18-24, which is the second leading cause of death among this age group.

Across the globe, there are 800,000 lives that are lost to suicide. It is the third leading cause of death among ages 15-44 across the globe.

Depression is the leading cause of suicide.

* * *

It's 8:15 a.m. and the bell has just rung. The principal's voice comes through the loudspeaker to tell the school that one of their beloved classmates has lost their life. After the initial shock and horror, the responses vary.

“I don't understand."

“Why?"

“They had so much to live for."

“They were so young."

* * *

I am an 18-year-old college freshman. I am involved in Greek Life, Youth Ministries and Boy Scouts of America. I have a loving family. I have never suffered severe trauma. I have never been abused. However, I suffer from depression. I suffer from suffocating thoughts. I suffer from the demons that lurk in the night waiting to tear every shred of happiness. I suffer from a disease that cannot be seen.

I have sat awake at 3:30 a.m. staring at the wall. I have felt everything disappear from me. I have felt my eyes run out of tears. I have heard my cries go silent. I have had days when there is no hope. I have had weeks where getting out of bed is a battle. I have had to stay strong when I have nothing left.

If you don't understand why, be thankful. Because if you understand, your heart breaks even more.

Be thankful that you have never had your life seem meaningless.

Be thankful that you have never wanted to end everything.

Be thankful that your smile is genuine.

Be thankful that you can feel.

Be thankful that you do not have to remind yourself that the shaded lies of depression are not reality.

Be thankful that you are not suffering from a deadly illness.

Be thankful that you don't know why.

Sometimes the “why" is because we have no hope. Sometimes we have no reason to keep on going. We know that we are loved. We know that our lives matter. But sometimes, we forget. We forget because we are ill. We forget because our illness tells us that there is no reason to wake up. We forget because our darkness has blocked out everything. We forget. We are not selfish. We are not weak.

We are strong. We are fighters. We are the ones forgotten. We are the ones looked past. We are the ones you never knew are on the brink of death. We are the ones you never thought to save.

When our deaths are kept silent, depression wins. When our illness goes unacknowledged, another person succumbs to the demons.

We need you. We need your help, your love, your strength. We need you because sometimes, we forget that the morning after we are gone, is the one worth fighting for.

1 (800) 273-8255

State Suicide Hotlines

Suicide Text Line

Christian Counseling

Islamic Counseling

Suicide Survivors

Suicide Grief Support

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me

2750
https://unsplash.com/photos/O0T1SIgHAfM

As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.

79742

Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.

109567

As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

94209
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FmWuCgJmxo

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

'The Addams Family 2' Film Review

The sequel to the 2019 reboot is an enjoyable, but unremarkable start to the Halloween movie season

62267
Photo Credit: MGM – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd82bSBDE84

There's a reason why the Addams Family have become icons of the American cartoon pantheon (although having one of the catchiest theme songs in television history doesn't hinder them).

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments