Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an estimated 48,000 Americans die by suicide each year, that’s about 132 per day. In 2019, 1.4 million made an attempt to end their life.
the dirty word we don't say
"There is so much stigma, fear, and pain attached to suicide that many people dare not say its name. I don’t fault those who avoid naming suicide. Instead I fault society and social conditioning for teaching us to treat suicide as unspeakable. If we can’t acknowledge suicide when a person has died, then how can the living expect to talk openly with friends and family about their urges to end their life? It’s awfully hard to help suicidal people – and for them to ask for help – if we treat suicide as if it is a dirty word." (speaking of suicide.com)
Below are two tables that show the raw and sobering facts of suicide, both in the US and in the state of Utah. By not acknowledging this epidemic, we only add to it's numbers.
We hold the keys to bringing Utah's suicide rate down."
Most people have suicidal thoughts, or times in there lives where they too "are done". The key is to learn how to work through it and not act on it. Children need to be taught coping mechanisms at a young age. Knowing how to deal with stressors when we are young can set us up for a better future. We hold the keys to bringing Utah's suicide rates down. "Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives." (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)