May 07, 2016
I am participating to a cause near and dear to my heart and "mind"! I want to INCREASE as much awareness about mental health, ERASE the stigma so people who suffer with mental illness know there is no shame and that there is help and support available, and RAISE money for research in an underfunded health area.
Did you know, as recently reported by the CNN 2 weeks ago:
*CDC: Rate of suicide deaths increased from 10.5 to 13 per 100,000 people from 1999 to 2014
*The largest increases were among women, middle-aged adults and American Indians and Alaska Natives
*"Our nation has not made the level of investment on a federal level that can have the positive effect on suicide that has happened for the other leading causes of death," such as heart disease and cancer, said Moutier, who was not involved in the current report. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
*Middle-aged women, between 45 and 64, had the highest suicide rate among women in both 1999 and 2014. This age group also had the largest increase in suicide rate: 63%, from 6 to 9.8 per 100,000. The 45-64 age group also had the largest increase in suicide rate among men: 43%, from 20.8 to 29.7 per 100,000.
*Among women, poisoning was the most common method in 2014 and accounted for 34.1% of suicides, down from 36% in 1999.
*The fact that suicide rates are increasing among nearly all age groups means that prevention efforts have to be developed for many different settings, Moutier said. More research is needed to determine which factors are putting middle-aged men and women at greatest risk and which of those factors can be targeted and by which groups, she added.
Suicide deaths occur across all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the majority of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental illness.
PLEASE join me in donating to ERASE the stigma and INCREASE understanding to save lives and BREAK the silence.