October 1, 2018
Living Beyond – BE PREPARED AND AWARE: SUICIDE
You are not alone; suicidal ideation occurs when someone is considering taking his or her
own life. It is the constant dwelling and preoccupation with suicide that heightens the
risk. It is this state of being preoccupied with such matters that increase the probability of
someone considering carrying out personal self-harm. The term suicidal ideation is the
formation of ideas or concepts associated with a personal plan to commit suicide.
Suicidal thoughts are not uncommon and the thoughts are most prevalent when someone
is experiencing extreme stress and depression. In a majority of cases, suicidal thoughts
are temporary, but in other cases, the thoughts may be chronic and associated with a
more profound psychological diagnosis. Either way, in all cases, those experiencing and
expressing suicidal thoughts should be taken seriously.
Please understand that you are not defective; and having such thoughts is not a sign of
weakness, craziness, or a particular character flaw. Suicidal thoughts are an indication
that you are struggling with temporary and misguided feelings. It is the preoccupation of
such thoughts that often leads someone to make drastic decisions. When we are
engrossed with self-defeating thoughts; our personal perspectives on our world may
become bleak, unfavorable, and discouraging. It is through these perspectives that an
individual may lose hope, confidence, and enthusiasm for life.
THE RISE OF SUICIDE
According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, there has been a steady rise of suicide
across the United States, which has seemingly affected all races, ages, gender, and
ethnicities. In fact, among those who committed suicide, nearly half occurred in 27 states,
and of those individuals; there was no known mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts
do not discriminate.
The CDC has monitored this unmistakable rise from 1999 to 2016, which has seemingly
affected all but o