Concerned Bloggers Association – Suicide
December 5, 2012 3 Comments
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When I was just a small child my uncle jumped off a building. Even being so young the act had a massive impact on me – I obsessed about why such a lovely man I was only just beginning to know would want to kill himself and in such a violent way. My uncle had schizophrenia but there are many more reasons why people kill themselves and some of the statistics are astonishing.
Let me give you some facts:
Suicide is a leading cause of death, particularly in young people, both in England and worldwide. It is estimated that around 1 million people will die by suicide worldwide each year. During 2008, there were 4,282 suicides in England.
Attempted suicides are much more common than actual suicides. There are at least 140,000 attempted suicides each year in England and Wales.
Women are more likely to attempt suicide or engage in other types of self-harming behaviour. However, men are more likely to succeed and die by suicide. Suicide rates are three times higher in men than in women.
Men under the age of 35 are particularly at risk of dying by suicide. Suicide is the second most common cause of death in England and Wales in this age group, after accidental death.
Cases of suicide have been reported in people of all ages, including children, but suicide or attempted suicide are more common in certain age groups.
In men, suicide is more common in people who are 15-44 years of age, and particularly in men who are 15-24 years old. Men who are 45 years of age or over have a lower risk of committing suicide.
In women, suicide is more common between the ages of 45 and 74. Younger women between the ages of 15 and 24 are thought to have a low risk of suicide.
Coming up to the holidays, I believe it’s even more important to talk about these matters as they are often a difficult time for many people. If you are contemplating suicide or are in distress of any kind, there are many fabulous organisations you can contact, including the hotline at the top of this page. There are also groups in Second Life that you can turn to in times of despair, if you need help reaching out to someone or just want more info:
Mental Health Awareness Retreat – “A safe haven that provides both RL and SL resources for various mental health issues such as PTSD, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anorexia, Anxiety, Autism, while raising awareness and breaking stigma.” These guys are running a fab hunt until Dec 15th to raise awareness on this issue.
Survivors of Suicide Group – “This is a group for those whose life has been impacted by depression, suicide, attempted suicide themselves or have lost someone to suicide. We must break the silence on this epidemic. We offer support, education and info. Please join to get involved. Lets make suicide extinct by speaking up.”
And please, always know that you can contact me if you need someone to talk to.. I am Chiana0 Resident in-world (that’s a zero at the end)/Chiana Oh – I won’t go into too much detail in this post but I have personal experience of mental health issues, self-harm and suicide ideation so I would never laugh at you or turn you away if you need a friend. Friends are awesome – I know mine have helped me through many a dark day <3
This Public Service Announcement was brought to you by the Concerned Bloggers Association. If you would like to become involved, please contact Marleen Vaughan for more information.