National Survivors of Suicide Day

Tomorrow is dedicated to survivors of suicide, and wanted to take a moment to write about a cause that kills someone every 16 minutes in the U.S.

I personally received a phone call one morning from a friend who had returned from the hospital for taking too many pills– and I was an awe, shocked, confused. I cannot express the feeling your gutted with processing the thought of a suicide attempt.

But this isn’t about how I feel. One, I am lucky she survived. Two, this is how they feel. Sometimes you can give all the advice in the world, but it is up to the individual to get help. Fortunately, my friend sought a better life after the pill overdose, but some victims are found with no second chance.

There is hope for prevention.

Over 60% of people who die from suicide suffer from major depression, which 90% of people that have been treated for their depression have responded positively. Depression is an illness, not just a self-pity mood, and individuals who suffer should not be embarrassed to seek a psychiatrist.

You can read a great article on CNN about survivors who find purpose here.

In addition, you can make a donation and raise awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at YourCause here

– Amy Chait

 

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