Reach out to others to help stem growing suicide rate
WednesdayI Oct. 1MI was World Mental Health Day. AOWKRuJK WKH dDy KDs SDssHd, every day can be a day to help save a life. It does little good to tell someone that there are other people feeling worse.
In the rnited States military around the world and hereI at homeI in both the armed services and the civilian populationI suicide is increasing at an alarming rate.
In the last 4R yearsI suicide rates have increased SM percent worldwide.
AFFRUdLnJ WR WKH :RUOd Health Organization depression affects more than PRM million people of all ages.
bvery 1P. T minutes someone in the rnited States dies of suicide.
AFFRUdLnJ WR WKH APHULFDn coundation for Suicide PreventionI in OM1MI P8IPS4 people died from suicideI an upswing from 1999 when O9I199 took their own lives.
AOWKRuJK WKH SRSuODWLRn steadily increasedI the death rate per 1MMIMMM population has risen faster.
The increase in suicide is a major problem in the militaryI youth RI APHULFD Dnd WKH elderly.
7KH AUPy suLcide rate in July was the highest for one month with P8 deathsI a OO percent increase. The mental health rates have risen SR percent in the military since OMMM with 9PSIMMM troops having at least one mental health problem.
When questioned by health professionalsI there was a desire to end intense emotional stress.
A sWudy RI sWudHnWs UHvHDOHd that T. 8 percent had attempted suicide one or more times during the 1O months before the survey and 1R. 8 percent of students had considered attempting suicide in the previous 1O months.
The thoughtsI planning and attempts at suicide were higher among young adults 18 to O9 years old than among adults aged PM or older.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among those aged R to 14 years and is the third leading cause of death among those 1R to O4 years old. MeanwhileI the suicide rate for men rises with age. In men over age SRI the suicide rate is seven times that of females over SR.
The statistics on suicide are frightening and the increase of suicide is alarming. We wonder what has happened and what can be done.
cor a countryI the rnited States ranked P8th in the world with 1T. T male deaths and 4. R female deaths per 1MMIMMM population in OM11.
Lithuania with S1. P male and 1M. 4 female deaths in OM11 had the highest incidence of suicide for a country. The Russian cederation had RP. 9 male and 9. R female deaths by suicide in OMMS.
InterestinglyI bgypt reported M. 1 male death and M female deaths by suicide in OMM9. WorldwideI the male suicide rate is close to five times higher for males than females.
It should be mentioned that although the male suicide rate is highI women attempt suicide three times as often as men.
Suicidal thoughts or tendencies to act are an emergency. In most casesI the person is depressed and might have used alcohol or substance abuse as “self treatment.”
To save a life requires immediate help. The person may plan the use of a gun or have other thoughts on how to end life.
A SURIHssLRnDO, suFK Ds D psychiatrist or crisis center personnel must be involvedI immediately. The suicidal patient must not be left alone.
It should be mentioned that a suicidal person might suddenly deny thoughts of suicide or seem to understand the seriousness of the situation and seem to take everything lightly as if planning to get future help.
Suicidal tendencies require immediate help by a professLRnDO. CDOO 911. DRn’W UHOy on a pep talk.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman