It’s not surprising that the rate of suicide has increased 30% between the years of 1999 and 2016. A curious coincidence is that the rates of depression and anxiety have risen alongside the suicide rate. Add to those statistics the living nightmare of the opioid epidemic and it’s starting to paint a grim picture.
In the ‘baby boomer’ generation, mental health had a stigma attached to it that painted an unflattering picture. Nowadays, mental health professionals and physicians realize the negative impacts stress can have on the body, mind, and soul.
Is it the case that this reporting of suicide just more accurate in the day and age of technology? The CDC didn’t just recently start to keep tract of these statics. But the speed at which we can learn of such news is astounding.
Legislation is being proposed to remove the judgmental tone attached to suicide. Saying that someone has committed suicide is akin to saying someone has committed a crime. The lack of compassion and understanding of what pushes a person to make such an irreparable choice for their life needs to be understood.
Understanding is a powerful tool. Distress, arguments, and distance are oftentimes rooted with misunderstanding. It’s tough to find a middle ground with someone who is unwilling to engage in the mere effort of understanding. However compassion can carry dead wood a lot further than blissful ignorance.
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