African American Teacher: Chato here’s some “history” – while “we” have a high record of homicides committed with a firearm. White Americans hold the record for firearm suicide! That’s ever since they started Stats. I’m terrified of the day you realize the gun turns the other way!!!
Caption: African American History and Suicide Prevention
Thirty Two years ago the New York Times ran an article were a Dr. Richard H. Seiden, professor of behavioral sciences at the University of California’s School of Public Health in Berkeley:
” suggested that among blacks ”only the strongest survive.” They, he said, ”are probably very different than the whites whose advancement to old age is not so keyed to survival of the strongest.” The black elderly, he said, feel ”a triumph in surviving against adversity.”Dr. Seiden said, the loss of status – a factor not shared by many white women and nonwhites because the effects of discrimination gave them little status to lose -appears to be a major cause of the higher suicide rates.”
“By JOSEPH WILLIAMS STRIKING differences in the suicide rates for various ethnic groups in the United States are shown by Government statistics of recent years. Whites are increasingly likely to take their own lives as they grow older while the suicide rate among blacks and some other minority groups peaks in the 20′s and then declines. Among middle-aged and elderly Americans, the overall suicide rate for whites is about three times the rate for blacks. For example, the 1978 figures from the National Center for Health Statistics show 40.8 suicides for every 100,000 white men 65 years of age and older as against 12.1 for nonwhites. For white women the rate was 7.9, compared with 3.1 for nonwhites.” – New Times February 9, 1982 Science
Well, it’s been 32 years and the black/white ratio has not changed much. Over that time period, we have seen the computer age go from big bulky word processors to super computers to smart phones -tablets. The data collecting is better now then it was 32 years ago, and still white Americans lead the pack …
What an honor it is to be considered an: Everyday “mental health” hero by New York Times bestseller Mr. Pete Earley. His career spans over 30-years in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, and was the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.
I just got his book and I’m having a hard time putting it down… It drew me in on the very first page where he says…where Mr. Earley writes:
“I interviewed murderers and spies, judges and prosecutors, always seeking the truth and attempting to convey it so that readers can see the people and the events for themselves – can also understand not only what happened, also why. But I was always on the outside looking in. I had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out. Until my son… was declared mentally ill.” excerpt from Book: Crazy
Fathers, Sons and Suicide – Cry For help Unanswered
Okay, so it’s no secret that I’ve been on a bit of down slope last past 45 days. Today, I came across www.whatsmym3.com. They have a free online psychological disorders test.
I thought, “let me just take the test to see if the results match up with what I already know.” Will my Depression line up with the “NON diagnostic instrument” online test? A score of 33 or greater means that your life may be impacted by a mood disorder. My results: 72…
Here are the results of What Is My M3 test said about my “down slope”: “Your responses on the depression scale indicate that there is over a 90% chance that you are suffering from Depression.”
Conclusion – This test seems to be right on the dot. Yes, dead center, hitting the nail straight on the head and pin pointed what I already knew… FEAR NOT… the good news is: I’m 10% happier than I was two weeks ago.
Depressed Peer’s Smart Phone Alert: BAD MOOD Alert – 90% Depressed…Positive Thought: You’re 10% happier!!
Caption: New Depression App with a Positive Psychology Twist