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!