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Constant Vigilance Necessary for Suicide Prevention

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If you or a friend are considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-(8255). It is free and confidential.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

How many seconds did it take You to read the opening lines of this post?

How many minutes will it take You to read this entire post?

What’s a few seconds or a couple minutes of your time?!

Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.

A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. […]Yet a significant number of those with mental illnesses who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death. In many instances there are insufficient services available to assist those in need at times of crisis.

This lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behaviour. This type of stigma, which is deeply rooted in most societies, can arise for different reasons. One of the causes of stigma is a simple lack of knowledge – that is, ignorance. ~ International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

PLEASE Consider this:

 In China, which accounts for 25 percent of all the world’s suicides, an average of 287,000 people—or one every 2 minutes—commit suicide every year, and 2,000,000 attempt suicide but are unsuccessful, according to data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death in China but it has become the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 34. ~

How SAD🙁 that many mentally ill folks do not have access to adequate care. No adequate care is so unfair!  As partners, parents and caregivers, we must be vigilant about suicide prevention!

Please do not be afraid to discuss suicide ideation with Your loved one. No one can bear the burden of suicidal thoughts alone. Thoughts lead to actions. Be there. Lend a listening ear. Help your loved one avoid suicide and get necessary professional treatment. Be aware: just when you think they may be safe and okay, expect the unexpected.

Constant Vigilance Necessary for Suicide Prevention!

Suicide Prevention – Constant Vigilance and Ongoing Education

Sometimes having a partner who is ill can be like this: 1 second they are fine, the next second they are not. The flip can happen fast in the blink of an eye. The flip is emotionally and physically exhausting for your partner and for you. Your partner suffers in one way. You, the so-called healthy partner, suffer in another way. Both suffer. But both can endure together and with outside support and help! All storms pass. All storms are temporary, even the really bad ones. I’ve been down that scary suicide road with my Hubby more than once and speak from experience: You can survive and thrive!

NEVER GIVE UP HOPE: that things will improve eventually!🙂 Eventually–I like that word. It’s a word implying hope.

Partners, Parents, Relatives, Friends, Caregivers, we all play a role in community mental well-being. We all contribute to the climate in which we live.  Am I contributing to a healthy climate here and abroad?!

Our choices big and small affect not only ourselves, but everyone else on the planet. Life is very interdependent. Let’s stop putting unnecessary pressure, stress and unreasonable demands on each other. Let’s freely forgive, be compassionate and chill out a little!🙂 

Positive interactions are vitally important to mental/emotional well-being. Positive Interactions and Positive Words can Prevent Suicide.

Comfort the Sick and Hurting

It is hard for me to fathom and my sense of justice, finds it hard to reconcile…that some would not readily support a family and comfort them in their time of grief and need because of mental illness.

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Whenever a loved one dies, some survivors may bear a burden of guilt on some level feeling like what if ?…can You imagine the deep pain family and friends bear when a loved one commits suicide?? Let’s not stigmatize families and friends who have compassionately supported and helped their mentally ill members through the years! It upsets me that the sick and those who care for them are ostracized. Ignorance hurts.

Distressingly not just my family, but too many families and individuals have experienced ostracism because some don’t understand or choose not to be educated about mental illnesses.

Kind words and comforting words can help prevent suicide!

“Anxious care in the heart of a man is what will cause it to bow down, but the good word is what makes it rejoice.”  Proverbs 12:25


Constant Vigilance Necessary for Suicide Prevention

Joan Winifred

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Winifred, J. (2013). Constant Vigilance Necessary for Suicide Prevention. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from


Last updated: 10 Sep 2013
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