In Honor

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Suicide affects us all. Every year, millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 37,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made by friends or loved ones.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1.800.273.TALK (8255)

According to the Centers for Disease Control Preventions (CDC) in 2010, someone in the United States died by suicide every 13.7 minutes.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

There are far more deaths in the United States each year from suicide than homicide.  In fact, the rate of suicides is almost double the rate of homicides.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, scientific evidence has shown that almost all people who take their own lives have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder, and the majority have more than one disorder.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

 

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
Washington Irving

 

 Namaste

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “In Honor

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I lost my father to suicide twenty years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t ask why. Why was he not diagnosed? Why did he not seek help? Why did my mom not make him get treatment? There is still so much shame and stigma around suicide yet it is taking numerous lives every day. Messages like these are SO important.

  2. Thank you for this, yes, incredibly important to raise the lid on mental illness. I have a close family member at the moment who has been suicidal for some months, it’s a huge strain. He’s in a psychiatric unit but due to financial cuts, he gets no treatment!! It makes us so anxious as frankly, if he can’t cope with what’s going on in his head and no-one will give him therapy, what else is there for him? Take care. x

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