Today is the day where we address the 10th leading cause of death in the United States that took 47,173 citizens of America in 2017 alone. Suicide is no joke. according to study by the CDC, there is one death by suicide in the United States every 12 minutes, which is 123 deaths a day. On a global scale, there are about 80,000 lives taken each year, which estimates to one death every 40 seconds. For 15-24 year-olds suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death behind unintentional injury (accidents). Did you know that males commit suicide four times more than women? That’s 79% of all suicides in the United States. However, female suicide attempts are three times more than that of men. 1 in 100,000 children from 10 to 14 years of age will not get to experience their life because of suicide while for 15 to 19 years olds, 7 in 100,000 teens commit suicide. It is not just our youth either, suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for adults ranging from 18 to 65 years old. For males who’s are 50 years old or older, there are 30 suicide a in 100,000 people.
All those statistics I got there, were from save.org , and may I just mention that is just one source with only a few select statistics. The statistics are sky rocketing and something has to be done
. We are spreading awareness left and right telling people everything is ok, but in reality we need to live up to what we say. Someone can post a suicide prevention photo on their Instagram story and call it a day, but we need EVERY citizen to pitch in. Hold the door open for someone and say “have a nice day.” Tell someone that they matter, sit with the lonely person at lunch, stand up for those who are being bullied, and be that radiant sunshine everyone wants to see. SMALL THINGS MATTER AND GO A LOOOONGGGG WAY!! We live in a society where we think it’s okay to joke about committing suicide, and with the stress of school, work, and daily commitments, it is easy to lose yourself, but don’t. Think twice before you slander someone’s outfit, or before you laugh behind someone’s back, you NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.
In addition to helping others, you have to help yourself. You know the quote about having to help yourself before helping others right? You can do both at the same time!! Go out and volunteer at a soup kitchen or any charity event for that matter. The reward of giving gives back to you and shows that you care to tell people that they matter. Treat yourself and someone you don’t know as well to a delicious lunch (i mean food right; bless up). Take days off, leave class for a few minutes to take a brisk walk (your Apple watch will thank you), and do that face mask! We all deserve “me-time.”
Don’t forget to change that “me-time” into “we-time,” with all of life’s adventures, it’s easy to distance ourselves from the ones we love, so go spend your life’s savings at the mall with friends, or go on a bike ride with your family. Incorporating all of this into your life truly makes a difference in not only your life, but theirs too.
And finally, remember that YOU ARE ENOUGH, in fact, you’re more than enough. You’re this indestructible force ready to conquer the world. So go rock that test tomorrow, win that game, and surround yourself with those who will only bring you up. Ask for help, talk to a trusted friend, adult or even me, or you can call a hotline, all these people know your worth even when you think you aren’t worth it. Know that you are SO loved. Oh and one more thing, I’ve had an obsession with the song “You Say” by Lauren Daigle, and I highly recommend listening to it. Such a powerful message! Have a great day, and go be that indestructible force!!