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30 January 2015
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Suicide

It has been fifteen days since the incident and ten days ago when I found out.  The news devastated me when I heard it… a loss of a great individual.  That individual was a past boyfriend.  To be exact, my high school sweetheart.

The last time I contacted him was back in 2002.  However, when I read his obituary and saw his picture, my mind transported me back to our relationship.  All the highs and lows that we experienced as young teenagers in our year and a half relationship.  He was romantic, attentive, kind, highly intelligent and good-looking… everything I wanted in a guy.  Unfortunately, the relationship did not last due to my move to San Antonio.

So, when I read his obituary ten days ago, I was stunned.  How can someone so well-educated, career-oriented, social and a follower of Christ be gone so soon?  The obituary stated that he died at his home.  No further description.  Of course the worst goes through my mind… suicide.  When I spoke with some mutual friends, they confirmed my suspicions.  How come no one noticed the warning signs?  How come he didn’t receive mental health assistance?  Why would a so-called Christian commit such an act?  So many questions and no answers…

I felt numb, sad, anxious and concerned, all rolled into one.  I lost countless hours of sleep, experienced panic attacks, lack of concentration at work and clung to my husband as if he was going to die next.  As a counselor, I listen to numerous accounts of suicidal attempts from my clients (and yes, I take them seriously!).  However, this is the first time that suicide has affected me personally.  The loss of someone who I had a deep relationship with is no longer on this earth.

So, in telling my personal account, I’d like to extend to all FFC readers the facts on suicide.  I wish I was the only person that has experienced this loss, but unfortunately, suicide is too common in our society.  Let’s take a stand by educating ourselves about the facts and advocating for those that have had suicidal attempts before it is too late.

Suicide Facts from www.SAVE.org:

– Suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans every year.

– Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.

– Suicide rates in the United States are highest in the spring.

– Over half of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

– For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

– 80% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.

– There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion.

– 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 die by suicide each year.

– Substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide.

– The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.

– An average of one person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes. (CDC, AAS).

– There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS).

– Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention.

– Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.

– There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt. (CDC, AAS).

– According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana).

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