BENEFITING: MIND OVER MATTER
EVENT DATE: Apr 19, 2018
Did you know, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined? After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death. While other leading causes of death decreased or remained steady in 2012 (the most recent year for which full data are available), the Center for Disease Control & Prevention reported a two percent increase in the national suicide rate. 40,600 suicides were reported in 2012, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in America.
U.S. suicide rates are the highest among white, middle-aged men, but suicide knows no boundaries. 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. Mental health conditions are common and treatable, but the associated stigma prevents many people from getting the help they need. We need to erase the stigma if we want to save lives and it begins by breaking the silence.
I have not, obviously, committed suicide but due to my struggle with Bipolar Disorder, I have considered it many times. Each one of us needs to speak out, help ourselves, and others around us.