I posted about this last year and I will post about this every year.
Did you know that around the world, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people. Worldwide, nearly one million people succumb to suicide each year, a number that exceeds deaths from war and homicide combined.
When Robin Williams died, I saw varied opinions across social media. "It's selfish and cowardly," some said. "It's a cry for help," others wrote. "What a tragedy," of course. I've spent more than 20 years trying to make sense of suicide. I do not believe it is selfish. Or cowardly. I dare not judge anyone so sick that they see this as their only, final solution.
But it's horrible. I do know that. Whatever else it may be, it is a terrible thing.
Every 40 seconds the world loses someone to suicide. This grim statistic is being challenged every day by mental health advocates and practitioners. The USC School of Social Work believes that suicide awareness and prevention work is of paramount importance. It is for this reason that they have started a collaboration with experts in the field to create the “100 Voices for Suicide Prevention” campaign. More than 45 leading voices in the suicide prevention field have contributed guest posts, podcast interviews, PSA’s, and resources to help raise awareness in honor of Suicide Prevention and Awareness.
Have a voice. Be aware. Do not let a friend or loved one believe they are alone.
If you or a someone you know are considering suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. It is free and confidential.
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