Jul 4, 2019
Every day around the world, one suicide attempt is reported
every 40 seconds.
Sadly, there is a contagious
to suicide, especially in the wake of high-profile
deaths. For example, the back-to-back deaths of world-renowned
celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain was not only shocking,
but also had a trigger affect on others who experience suicidal
In fact, when a public tragedy takes place—especially a
high-profile suicide—the risk for deaths by accidents, suicides,
and murders significantly
in the public along with a rise in depression,
anxiety, and aggression.
From the outside, it seems as though celebrities like Spade,
Bourdain, or even Robin Williams had it all: fame, fortune,
success, and love. So when they took their own lives it caused
people to stop and think, "If they couldn't handle the world, then
why should I?" Their deaths represented the death of a dream and a
hopelessness to many who struggle with suicidal depression.
In Canada, approximately 4000 Canadians die by
annually, and it's the second most common cause of
death among young people. However, men in their 40s and 50s have
the highest rate of suicide. Women are three to four times more
likely to attempt suicide than men, but men are three times more
likely to die by suicide than women.
How Can We Prevent Suicide?
Of course, it's impossible to prevent all suicides, but there are
strategies to help reduce the risk. For example:
- Seeing a professional for treatment and building a solid
relationship with a doctor or mental health professional
- Creating strong social support networks, including family,
friends, or a peer support group
- Learning how to cope with problems, and trusting those coping
Although proper treatment is crucial, it's not a quick fix. It
can take time for suicidal thoughts to become manageable or to stop
altogether. It's imperative to stay connected with your support and
seek extra when you need it.
If you experience suicidal thoughts, you need to talk about them
with your doctor, mental health professional, or a trusted person.
It can also be helpful to schedule regular appointments with mental
health professionals or use phone-based support such
as the suicide prevention
What If Someone You Know Is Suicidal?
Contrary to popular belief, if you believe someone is suicidal, you
should ask them directly if they're thinking about hurting
themselves. Talking about suicide will not give someone the idea to
carry out the act. If someone you love is seriously contemplating
suicide, they may be relieved to finally talk about it.
If the person says that they are thinking about hurting themselves,
then it's essential to ask them if they have a plan. If they do
have a plan and are thinking about committing suicide soon, then
you should connect with crisis
or supports immediately. If you are unaware of
crisis, distress, or suicide helplines in your area, you can call
9-1-1. Always stay with the person while you make the call, and
don't leave until the crisis line or emergency responders say it's
okay to go.
The important thing is to listen to your loved one and help them
connect with mental health services.
Trauma Practice Can Help with Recovery.
When someone has moved beyond the point of crisis and is ready to
recover from the trauma they've experienced, Trauma Practice can
help. Our goal is to improve the conversation through safe venues
focused on trauma-informed care, where up-to-date and accurate
information is widely shared. Together we can create an open
dialogue and reduce the stigma and isolation of those who
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Radio show was aired on Realityradio101.com on Thursday, June
27, 2019 at 1 pm EDT