Suicide holds a silent role in our culture. Although aware of it, we struggle to talk about it and acknowledge the impact it has on our lives. Yet no matter how many times we push it aside, it still has profound effect on the lives of many. A suicide can send ripples through families and communities, leaving behind confusion, anger and sorrow.
A recent study from the CDC shows that the rate of suicide has increased every year since 1999, from 10.5 to 13 out of every 100,000 people. One of the largest increases occurred among white women, with a 60% average increase in that time period. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death on the US.
Now one might look at the rate of 13 out of 100,000 people and think it is a small number. Like any death, however, the number does not reflect only the person who died. As mentioned above, it reflects all the people impacted by the loss.
Suicide is something that comes by surprise. It is something we generally do not expect. There is often incredible shame and confusion for those who remain. There are usually more questions than answers. The reasons that bring someone to suicide can be complex, and those reasons do not always have explanation.
What is encouraging is that the CDC feels more can be done to bring awareness to this issue. They realize that pushing the conversation into silence serves no one. They also see where risk is greatest, so that those groups can benefit from the support that is out there. We appreciate their willingness to keep the conversation going on this key issue.
We encourage anyone who would like to share an experience about this important topic to do so in the comments. Your insights are appreciated.
As always – To Your Heath.
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