Today is world suicide prevention day. My dad’s friend, who’s son committed suicide would have been the same age as me. Every time I see my dad’s friend, I see the hurt in his eyes knowing that when looking at me he thinks about what could have been for his son. Thinking about what he could have accomplished, just like I have.
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year, that’s one person every 40 seconds.
Any time we talk about sensitive issues such as suicide, we erase the stigma, we move it from the back of our minds to the top, for when we need it. If we can help just one person, by simply talking about this horribly high statistic, we’ve won.
Life is hard, it’s a daily struggle. I’ve battled depression and anxiety throughout my life and the simple knowledge of knowing that anyone I pass by on the sidewalk or come across at the store could be hiding it too, is what keeps me positive and kind to everyone. This should be the foundation of our interactions.
Suicide is not definable by attribution to mental illness either. It can happen to anyone.
1 in 5 Canadian teens have considered suicide in the last year, according to a survey by Kids Help Phone.
Today it is estimated that 11 people will commit suicide.
This is something we need to talk about more often. If you know someone who is having suicidal thoughts, don’t feel pressured. Just talk, and lead them to resources that can help them, there are some below.