It’s been great to see so many posts on various social media sites and apps today about mental health. Depression and especially suicide can often fall into the category of “the elephant in the room” type topics. Everyone knows suicide is a reality of life, but no one wants to talk about it. And that completely makes sense. Suicide is not an east topic at all. It’s scary, uncomfortable and hard to talk about. No one wants to imagine their friend, family member, child, classmate, fellow employees, etc. struggling with such despair that they’d want to, attempt to or succeed in taking their own life.
But it’s also a reality. Every 30-40 seconds someone’s life ends from suicide. And I think we can all agree that number must change. It’s the 10th leading cause of death for all ages and over 800,000 people die of suicide every year. This is a serious problem, and it’s time for us to start having open and honest discussions about it. Ask your friends how they’re doing, let your loved ones know how much they matter to you, know the signs and symptoms of depression, let people know you’ll lend an ear to them or a shoulder to cry on. Let them know they’re never alone.
Sure, it’s scary to talk about suicide. But…it’s even more frightening to deal with suicide. So we might as well start the conversation.