Thank you to Mikalah Gordon for having our founder Torri Shack on “The Morning Beat” radio show on 97.1 HD-2. She was there to talk about Tangible Movement as well as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Its important to keep talking about matters related to Mental Illness, Suicideand Addiction. We as a collective need to bring as much consciousness as possible to these issues in order to help end the stigma and encourage individuals to seek help.
100% Accurate. Most people who suffer from any major depressive disorder or anxiety wear “a mask” in public. Never assume someone is OK because they “look Happy.” Be kind ... you never know what battlefront someone is on behind their smile. If you know someone personally who suffers from mental illness yet they seem “fine” it’s ok to ask how are they really doing behind the smile. Pic via @drums.and.comics
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.
-Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who dedicate their time to spreading awareness.
-Lets take some time today to remember the ones we have lost to suicide.
-Lets make a pledge to bring more awareness to suicide and mental illness in general.
-We can start by recognizing that people don’t “commit” suicide rather they die by suicide…. just like someone dies of a disease.
-We need to start by changing little things like the verbiage we use to address and change the stigma surrounding death by suicide.
I am 54 years old with a family history of depression. I began taking anti-depressants in my late 20's. They worked and still do. In the beginning, every couple of years I would stop taking the medication and think to myself...I can do this, I do not need the medication. I was always back on the medication within a couple of months. I have come to accept that depression is a mental illness and something I can’t help or tackle on my own. My husband supported me and helped me through my ups and downs.
About 5 years ago, I noticed my husband was not the same and was showing signs of depression. I talked to him about it, and having gone through it with me, I was surprised he was so dismissive about his own depression. He refused to acknowledge that he too was not suffering from depression. I believe his was brought on by his mother's Alzheimer's and Parkinson struggle and her ultimate death. When my husband was going for a routine doctor visit, I called the doctors office and told them I thought he was depressed and asked them to speak to my husband about it. They did and he was dismissive of them.
Three years ago, my husband committed suicide by hanging himself. Needless to say, the vision of him hanging in his underwear is a vision that is forever etched in my memory. It is also a vision that wakes me up in the middle of the night, still, in a cold sweat.
In addition to this memory, I have the memory of telling my son that his father was dead, committed suicide and watching a 26 year old man, still my baby, drop to his knees in the parking lot sobbing. This memory too also wakes me up some nights in a cold sweat.
I lost both of my parents during the past 5 years to illness/age, lost my husband to suicide and have seen my son experience something no 26 year old should have to experience.
Grieving is one thing, but to grieve the loss of someone you lost because of suicide is an entirely different process.
I struggle with the anxiety of worrying if something happens to me, my son will have no parents. To be honest this scares the shit out of me.
Writing this email has taken me 2 days but it has been cathartic in a sense.
If I can help one person, then it will be worth it.
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can
do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.
Let me not defer not neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." - Unknown
September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Do you have a personal story dealing with suicide or the loss of someone who committed suicide? If so we would like to feature your story on our blog to help bring about awareness. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fell free to post on our comment section.
Jamel Myles died by suicide Thursday
His mother said he recently came out as gay and was bullied at school
(CNN) — A 9-year-old boy in Colorado took his life days after starting the fourth grade last week. He had recently come out as gay to his mother, who believes that bullying was a factor in his death, she told HLN's Mike Galanos on Tuesday.
"The same kids who picked on him last year were even meaner to him once he came out and said he was gay," said Leia Pierce, Jamel Myles' mother. "They hurt my baby."
Denver Police said that Jamel's death appears to be a suicide.
Though suicides rates for those under 13 are far lower than for teens and adults, experts have looked closely at a rise in deaths in recent years -- and what makes suicide-related behavior different for young children.
"Impulsivity plays a big role in the suicidal behavior of young kids not thinking through actions," said John Ackerman, a clinical psychologist and suicide prevention coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Ackerman was not involved in evaluating Myles' case.
Ackerman said that for some young kids, it can be hard to process or put the brakes on heightened emotional responses. Whereas teens may go through a series of thoughts and stages before engaging in suicidal behavior, for young children, "an impulse towards suicide can escalate really quickly," he said.
From 1999 to 2016, 1,430 children ages 5 to 12 took their own lives in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 121 such deaths on record for 2016, up from 102 the year before.
These data don't account for nonfatal suicide attempts, but other research has seen a rise in that, too: The percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts in the United States "almost doubled" between 2008 and 2015, according to a study published June in the journal Pediatrics. That study also found a seasonal pattern, with rates being lowest in the summer and highest in the spring and fall -- around the time when school is in session.
Not just a 'teenage problem'
"Many people, including medical professionals, think suicide is a teenage problem," Lisa Boesky, a private clinical psychologist and author who studies adolescent suicide, previously told CNN. "But suicide can happen at very young ages."
When looking for the warning signs for suicide in kids, "many people look for signs of depression," Boesky said. But that is more typical to teens, who tend to show mood swings and depression, she said.
A study in 2016 Found that kids under 12 who died by suicide were more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder than older kids. The authors say this could mean younger kids with mental health issues are more susceptible to impulsively responding to problems in their lives.
"That doesn't mean that most kids with ADHD are suicidal," said Ackerman, who was not involved in that study, but it does highlight the role impulsivity might play.
Although kids tend to understand the concept of death by the fifth grade, "they don't always understand the permanence of death in the same way," he added.
'Kids are struggling'
Experts say that bullying and suicide are closely related but caution against drawing too direct a link.
According to a CDC report, both bullies and their victims may sustain "serious and lasting negative effects" on their mental health, and they are more likely to report high levels of suicide-related behavior. But bullying isn't necessarily a direct cause of suicide, the report says. Most kids affected by bullying don't engage in this behavior.
Asking for help
The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.
There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.
The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller's ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.
YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT MENTAL HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS via choc.org
1) 1 in 5 young people have a diagnosable Mental disorder.
2) Half of people with lifetime mental illness have symptoms by age 14.
3) Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in children ages 10-24.
-Awareness starting at a young age is imperative. -Treatment is available...it’s often the stigma that stands in the way of parents of youth and young adults seeking treatment.
Tangible Movements goal is to bring awareness, offer solutions, resources, support, coping mechanisms and end the stigma of mental illness.
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