Over the past weekend while watching the news, I discovered analarming information: suicide rate has risen to a 30 year high! Death by suicide has grown by 24% between 1999 and 2014. Suicide rates went up by 13 suicides per 100,000 in 2014 compared to 1999 which had 10.5 per 100,000 people. The most affected population are young girls aged 10-14 years old! In 1999, the suicide rate was 1.7 per 100,000 compared to the year 1999 which had 1 out of 200,000.
These numbers are…well…there are no words I can say about this. I mean, researchers don’t know what exact external factors to pinpoint. They think social media may be one of the factors. Despite the lack of factors, researchers still say to look out of the warning signs for suicide such as talking about wanting to die, talking about feeling unbearable pain, and feeling like a burden to others and becoming socially isolated.
In spite of this, I am glad that there has been more awareness not just on suicide, but on how to recognize it. We need more awareness on mental health disorders, so that people can live life to the fullest and to their full potential. To read more on the information click on the information below:
In the news cast titled, “Suicide Rates Have Soared in the U.S” a group of high school students in a school in Palo Alto, California created a movie documentary titled: “Unmasked”. This film directed by Christian Leong and Andrew Bear, discusses how this Northern California town are trying to save its kids that are dying by suicide at an alarming rate. “Unmasked” covers various factors, former misconceptions and other imperative topics that once kept the city of Palo Alto mum about the number of suicides taking place in their town.
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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 43 million adults live with adults. So where are children and young adolescents in this? Well according to the infographic below, 4 million. Yeah the number is small, but we have to ensure that this population does not mesh into the adult population as they get older. So we do accomplish this? Through identifying catalysts behind mental illness, identifying and treating the mental illness(es). Let’s not forget our kids and help them achieve optimal mental health!
Remember from previous article I talked about how my mental illnesses were affect my job? Well the last straw was about month ago and I had to leave so it would mess up again in the original department I worked in. So, I got transferred to a different department. I’ve been there for about three weeks and it’s been good! It is kind of functions like the previous department, but with more support. I have more colleagues to ask for help, whereas in the original department I was alone. My colleagues would always advise me to use my work phone to call them, but I am not use to calling for help. Hell, I am not just use to asking for help at all!
When living with anxiety and depression one and/or both things happen: I’m either feeling too low to even think of asking for help or I’m too overwhelmed to ask for help. In either case, help is the last thing on my mind. But I can’t live on that forever! I got responsibilities up to the wazoo (or at least it feels like that way) and I need away to afford my medications. Anyways, I’ve come to discover that even though especially when I’m depressed I don’t want anyone around, yet…there’s a part of me does, especially when I need help. I know…it’s kinda a crappy situation, but it’s something I am trying to fight past. I don’t want depression to think it can have me and have my life.
Despite the move away from my original department, I am happy the way things ended up. Well for one, I have noticed my depression has decreased slightly. At the previous department, I tended to get more depressed and anxious when I kinda got bored. Well not because I did not like the job, but just whenever I had “downtime” (reason being I had to very, very tentative) I would tend to wonder off…into my thoughts and that’s not good. Now —this reason leads to number two—- I am in a place that always keeps me busy, without becoming too stressful. Number three, I no longer have to drive place to place anymore! In my old department, I had to travel a lot and cause me anxiety. However now, I only have to be in well…in this department. And lastly, I get off a little earlier in this department and the hours are consistently stable. The hours at my previous department were always different and I had to always adjust which took a toll on me. Also I came out later from my job, which meant I had to deal with traffic where I would build stress which then would lead me to take very, very long break before going back to my studies. Now, I can rest on time which leads to more study time! If only I thought of this sooner, instead of my health being the cause for the change
In conclusion, I am starting to heal up right because of the decreasing depression and anxiety. The change has allowed me to divert my energy in my recovery process. I mean…I catch myself washing my dishes again—which I usually did in three days— a lot sooner, cleaning my house, read a book (which I missed doing so much), and well…blogging. The progress has been slow and of course dealing the mood swings has been tedious, but I am happy where I am going.
Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being ’round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me?
—The Beatles, Help
If you’re like me it can be pretty hard to know how to ask for help. And mental illness doesn’t make it any easier. As the article, “Asking for Help When You’re Depressed” from the Everyday Health website states ” isolation, hopelessness, exhaustion, and withdrawing from friends and family are all part of the condition”. So how do we get ourselves to push for help and how can we ask for it? Well the sites below, including the EverydayHealth site that can help you do that! Check ’em out: