By Jaylon McCrea
From the time we were born, it has always been instilled that we all will one day die. To live is to experience everything that this life has to offer. Remembering both the good times and bad times is what makes life worth living. Some people who are often very depressed by certain events, such as losing a loved one, tend to suffer from suicidal thoughts.
Suicide is a very serious issue that does not get discussed as often as it should. Its importance is vital to not only you the reader, but to everyone, everyone from the little boy on his bike to the next President of the United States.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there were a reported 47,173 suicides in America in 2017 and there were an estimated 1,400,00 suicide attempts. Not only do these statistics show that many American citizens have attempted to kill themselves but many feel as if they have no one to talk to and no reason to live.
For anyone who feels like suicide is the only option, it’s not; there is always help available. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here you can explain your problems to an expert who will listen and direct you to get all the help you can need. Many people are often suicidal because of losing a loved one, natural disasters, and even disabilities.
The best thing we can do to support our loved ones is to pay close attention to not just their physical well-being, but their mental health as well. It could be a matter of life and death.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255