Writer Name: Donnell Hicks
Journal Topic: The Truth Behind Suicide
There are various factors that play a role into a person committing suicide. Take bullying for example. A child who feels threatened and overwhelmed by the other children at school that are bullying him may find that committing suicide is a much easier task than having to confront the other kids at school who are bullying him. There are many things that can create this sort of tension amongst people that in the end could possibly result in suicide. These things may include biases against a person’s gender preference, a person’s background and culture, and even a person’s socioeconomic status.
Outside of cultural biases and negative societal influences, another factor that can put one at a great risk for committing suicide is depression. The most common example amongst them are war veterans.
The following tables highlight other types of risk factors associated with suicide and the warning signs family and friends should look for.
Mental Health Illnesses
Writing about death
Withdrawing from family and friends
Feeling helpless and/or hopeless
Displaying feelings of strong rage and anger towards family
Poor performance in school and/or at work
Loss of employment
Death in a family
Deep traumatic childhood experience
What to Look for
Alcohol and/or drug use and dependency
Change in personality and/or mood swings
Loss of interest in social activities
According to suicide.org, seventy-five percent of people who take their own lives exhibit suicide warnings. Furthermore, the statistics between African-Americans and Caucasians is a very overwhelming contrast. The numbers for African-Americas that commits suicide is 1,957 (while the death ratio is 0.7%); and the numbers for Caucasians who commits suicide is 27,710 (while the death ratio for Caucasians is 75.9%).
When coming across someone, whether a friend or a family member who threatens to take his or her own life, there are important steps you can take to avoid a tragedy from happening. First, always take suicide comments seriously. Secondly, try not to act shock. Third, get help right away. DO NOT handle the situation alone. Listen carefully and comfort the person. Lastly, be deeply concerned. DO NOT leave him or her alone.
Talk openly about suicide. To avoid a loved one from ending his or her life, take these precautions to heart. This is a major issue that hurts everyone involved, especially the community. We may live in a chaotic world that drives a different part of us to the brink of destruction, but we cannot fall into the temptation of easing the pain by killing ourselves - for the reason that the agony will linger onto family and friends who will carry on that heartache.
Overall, we are all faced with enormous challenges in life, even overcoming thoughts of suicide. So remember, the simplest way a person can counter the need to end his or her life is to talk to someone regarding their problems. Seek spiritual and mental guidance. By doing so, it’ll make a big difference.