by Dr. Alexander Wright, Psychologist ~ co Founder of Full Fathom Wellness
Just a Snapshot from the February 20 – February 21, 2016 Weekend
February 20 – Murder-Suicide Under Investigation in Livingston County
February 21 – Family Identifies Army Veteran in Murder-Suicide
February 21 – 2 Dead After Murder-Suicide in Geneva, New York
How we continue to fuel the stigma and live in the darkness of secrecy and quiet when it comes to suicide is beyond me. This is a real American problem. There have been more than 1700 confirmed suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco since its opening in 1937. Every 3.5 days someone makes their way to the pedestrian walkway of the George Washington Bridge to attempt suicide. This is a real world problem. Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and there are many more who attempt suicide. And yet we continue to silence the discussion with a wall of taboo and shame way too often. Start raising your voice and raise it loud because it concerns all of us and the numbers will continue to rise unless we start increasing the frequency and volume of conversation. Let’s start by getting some facts straight about a few potential causes of suicide.
A single cause for suicide does not exist. What can lead to suicide is:
- Levels of stress exceeding current coping abilities for an extended period.
- Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide and it is too often undiagnosed or untreated.
- Depression, anxiety and addiction problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide.
The good news is that when mental health conditions are properly identified with a comprehensive assessment and effectively treated, suicide can be prevented and individuals can live healthy and fulfilled lives.
You are also invited to support me in my effort to raise awareness in the Out of The Darkness Overnight Walk in New York City on June 4, 2016
“Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.”