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JuicyBBW1001 56F
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8/21/2006 7:15 pm

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Have you ever

considered suicide??
I read with a heavy heart [blog goddess1946]'s post about a fellow blogger pillowtalk4uonly. I have seen her post in fact she has left a few comments on my blog. The reason I feel compelled towrite this now is because I have considered suicide on many occasions. But the one thing that has stopped me actually two things have stopped me. One being my daughter who would care for her if something happened to me. The second thing is the credo I learned in NA and that is simply "this too shall pass".
But there are men and women who suffer in silence with depression, depilating illnesses and other problems that would lead someone to end their own life. I found the following on the CBC's website and wanted to post it here. In the hopes that we as fellow humans and bloggers might be able to help a person who might be living through a crisis.
Suicide: Fact Sheet


Most popular press articles suggest a link between the winter holidays and suicides (Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania 2003). However, this claim is just a myth. In fact, suicide rates in the United States are lowest in the winter and highest in the spring (CDC 1985, McCleary et al. 1991, Warren et al. 1983).
Suicide took the lives of 30,622 people in 2001 (CDC 2004).
Suicide rates are generally higher than the national average in the western states and lower in the eastern and midwestern states (CDC 1997).
In 2002, 132,353 individuals were hospitalized following suicide attempts; 116,639 were treated in emergency departments and released (CDC 2004).
In 2001, 55% of suicides were committed with a firearm (Anderson and Smith 2003).

Groups At Risk


Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all U.S. men (Anderson and Smith 2003).
Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than females (CDC 2004).
Suicide rates are highest among Whites and second highest among American Indian and Native Alaskan men (CDC 2004).
Of the 24,672 suicide deaths reported among men in 2001, 60% involved the use of a firearm (Anderson and Smith 2003).

Women report attempting suicide during their lifetime about three times as often as men (Krug et al. 2002).
The overall rate of suicide among youth has declined slowly since 1992 (Lubell, Swahn, Crosby, and Kegler 2004). However, rates remain unacceptably high. Adolescents and young adults often experience stress, confusion, and depression from situations occurring in their families, schools, and communities. Such feelings can overwhelm young people and lead them to consider suicide as a “solution.” Few schools and communities have suicide prevention plans that include screening, referral, and crisis intervention programs for youth.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. In 2001, 3,971 suicides were reported in this group (Anderson and Smith 2003).
Of the total number of suicides among ages 15 to 24 in 2001, 86% (n=3,409) were male and 14% (n=562) were female (Anderson and Smith 2003).
American Indian and Alaskan Natives have the highest rate of suicide in the 15 to 24 age group (CDC 2004).
In 2001, firearms were used in 54% of youth suicides (Anderson and Smith 2003).
The Elderly
Suicide rates increase with age and are very high among those 65 years and older. Most elderly suicide victims are seen by their primary care provider a few weeks prior to their suicide attempt and diagnosed with their first episode of mild to moderate depression (DHHS 1999). Older adults who are suicidal are also more likely to be suffering from physical illnesses and be divorced or widowed (DHHS 1999; Carney et al. 1994; Dorpat et al. 196.

In 2001, 5,393 Americans over age 65 committed suicide. Of those, 85% (n=4,589) were men and 15% (n=804) were women (CDC 2004).
Firearms were used in 73% of suicides committed by adults over the age of 65 in 2001 (CDC 2004).

Risk Factors

The first step in preventing suicide is to identify and understand the risk factors. A risk factor is anything that increases the likelihood that persons will harm themselves. However, risk factors are not necessarily causes. Research has identified the following risk factors for suicide (DHHS 1999):

Previous suicide attempt(s)
History of mental disorders, particularly depression
History of alcohol and substance abuse
Family history of suicide
Family history of child maltreatment
Feelings of hopelessness
Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
Loss (relational, social, work, or financial)
Physical illness
Easy access to lethal methods
Unwillingness to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse disorders or suicidal thoughts
Cultural and religious beliefs–for instance, the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
Local epidemics of suicide
Isolation, a feeling of being cut off from other people

Protective Factors

Protective factors buffer people from the risks associated with suicide. A number of protective factors have been identified (DHHS 1999):

Effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders
Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for help seeking
Family and community support
Support from ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent handling of disputes
Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation instincts

If you or someone you know is considering suicide. Get help talk to someone, write about it we will help you by offering friendly non judgmental words to encourage you because what ever is bothering you remember this too shall pass.

In memory of pillowtalk4uonly. May God hold her in the palm of her hand.


keithcancook 61M
17930 posts
8/21/2006 7:36 pm

Oh my! Fortunately I have never sunk to those depths...

JuicyBBW1001 replies on 8/21/2006 8:00 pm:
But there are people who do every day. I remember when I was an auditor my crew and I where driving over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge very early one morning. We saw a car pulled over to the side and as we approached we saw a man get out and walk over to the railing and climb up and over it happened in seconds. I remember then thinking why would someone do that when life is full of ups and downs and twists and turns. Even when life sucks for me sometimes I hold on to the thought that this too shall pass.

rm_sexxikritter 53F
2715 posts
8/21/2006 8:43 pm

I have a sister who tried to kill herself at age 15. Teenage angst combined with a seemingly selfish and uncaring mother was too much for her. Thankfully, she failed and received counseling. To this day, my mom doesn't acknowledge her role in that or other issues with her children.
This is a wonderful post. Perhaps someone will recognize themself or a loved one and reach out.


JuicyBBW1001 replies on 8/21/2006 9:20 pm:
I hope so it is sad that people feel like they have to end their lives. I know of several friends who committed suicide in their teen years. But I think as more people divorce and spouse's die and so forth and so on that loneliness can lead to depression and eventually suicide. But it doesn't have to be that way. There is help available for those who are courageous enough to ask.

sexyariesgirl 58F

8/22/2006 5:23 am

Thank you for posting this Twin! You may never know how it impacts someone. I considered but didn't attempt suicide at age 15...when I discovered I was pregnant and knew I had to face my parents alone. Like you, I've always had enough hope that things WOULD turn around...even in my darkest times. The saddest part in all this is that when you are in the deepest darkest part of depression...you very rarely reach out to anyone. I know when my depression is at its worst...I withdraw from everyone and everything. Again....thanks for this post!

Power To FOK

JuicyBBW1001 replies on 8/22/2006 7:04 am:
Your welcome and I can relate to what your saying about withdrawing because I have done that myself a time or two or three.

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