H.O.P.E: The Importance of Mental Health

The Importance of Mental Health

Mental health is not taken as seriously as it should be, yet it is immensely important. Although you cannot physically see someone’s depression, anxiety or other mental condition, it is still existent. Living with a mental illness can be crippling and even fatal if you do not pursue help. Imagine how it would feel to be sick and never have any assistance. That is the reality for many who suffer with mental health illnesses. As a result, suicide is often believed to be the only option. However, there is always hope. Hold On, Pain Ends.

The Suicide Epidemic

Suicide is increasingly becoming a larger issue in our nation. Most people who attempt or die by suicide have a serious mental illness, most commonly being depression. Those with depression, anxiety or substance abuse problems have an increased risk of suicide; however, these mental illnesses can be managed, and sufferers can still enjoy life. Read the list of eye-opening statistics involving suicide below.Statistics:-90% of those who die by suicide have been diagnosed with a mental illness-More than 44,000 individuals die by suicide each year-On average, there are 121 deaths by suicide a day-Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US-Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24-Being diagnosed with more than one mental illness increases your risk of suicide-8 out of 10 suicidal people give signs-There is one death by suicide for every 25 attempts-40% who die by suicide attempted previously-Those with substance abuse illness are six times more likely to complete suicide than those without-64% of people who attempt suicide visit a doctor in the month before their attempt, 38% in the week before their attempt-The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men. In 2015, 7 out of 10 suicides were committed by white males-Women attempt suicide twice as much as males, but men are four times more likely to succeed

Bring Awareness

Bringing awareness to the suicide epidemic in our nation is tremendously important. If you read the statistics above, you unquestionably understand just how imperative it is to promote change. Let’s bring awareness. Let’s speak up for those who need our help.The entertainment industry has been doing an incredible job at bringing awareness to the prevalent suicide issue in our country. Below are a few examples.Thirteen Reasons WhyIt is television show on Netflix produced by Selena Gomez. The shows follows the tapes of a young girl who completes suicide. In the tapes, she reveals why she killed herself. The show also addresses other important issues including self-harm and rape.“Hold On” by Derek HoughDerek Hough recently released a new single named “Hold On.” View the song and music video here. It devotes effort to bring attention to the rising rate of suicide in our nation. Here is a quote by Hough addressing suicide and his new song:

After experiencing first hand the effects of suicide in my extended family I became curious of the human condition and how we could possibly reach a point where we felt there was no hope. The thought of someone suffering in silence, feeling alone and feeling like there is no way out breaks my heart. This video represents that isolated loneliness we can often feel. Especially in the wake of traumatic events. But in the end it's about reaching out for help and reaching out to help others. When we connect as human beings we become stronger and we are able to share the burden that one might feel. If you or if someone you know is going through a difficult time, don't be afraid to reach out.

“1-800-273-8255” by LogicRecently, a song was released by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid that has taken over radio stations across America. Watch the tear-jerking music video here. The song, named with the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, brings awareness to this prominent issue in our nation. It follows a hopeless, suicidal person who finds hope and “finally wants to be alive.”

Look for Signs

One way you can help is by looking for signs in family members and friends who could be dealing with suicidal thoughts. People considering suicide usually seek help before attempting. Additionally, most people with intentions of suicide will display two or more warning signs. Look for the warning signs listed below.Signs:-Increased use of alcohol or drugs-Acting recklessly-Withdrawing from activities-Isolating themselves from friends and family-Sleeping more or less-Visiting or calling friends or family to say goodbye-Aggression or irritability-Personality changes-Giving away prized possessions-Lack of interest in future plans-Changed behaviors or new behaviors-Expressions of being burden, feeling hopelessness, feeling trapped, experiencing intolerable pain, or having no reason to liveIncreased Risk Factors:-Mental health conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, etc.-A family history of suicide-Substance abuse issues-A history of trauma or abuse-People under age 24 or above age 65-A recent tragedy or painful event-Prolonged amount of stress-A serious or chronic medical condition-Previous suicide attempts

How to Help

If you believe a friend or family member is considering suicide, get them help immediately. Listen to them, and help them hold on. However, it is urgent that they see a medical professional. They are trained to understand the thoughts and feeling of someone who is suicidal.-Trust your instincts that they have intentions of suicide.-Do not leave them alone.-Seek professional help even if they try to refuse.

For Help

If you have been contemplating suicide please get help. Below I have listed suicide hotlines. Remember that there is hope. Hold on, pain ends.Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text TALK to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Visit hopeline.com.If someone you know is currently in danger, call 911 immediately.Please seek help. Give life another chance.