People with a mental illness have a shorter life expectancy than people without a mental illness. I don’t know if that is because they factor in suicide, or because of the long term illnesses we develop because of our medications (for instance mine cause high cholesterol, weight gain, and diabetes in some people). The only sensible way to counteract the medication is to try diet and exercise, and it may or may not work, but suicide? Suicide is something we need to address and try to prevent together.
I talked to a friend of mine on the phone yesterday. He moved away about six months ago. I found out that while he was living here, and we were meeting regularly for brunch, he had plans to commit suicide.
I didn’t know. I didn’t suspect. It never occurred to me.
I knew my friend was depressed, but suicide didn’t cross my mind. I don’t know why it didn’t cross my mind. I feel like I missed something huge. I feel like I missed something that I am so personally aware of, that I have attempted, that I worked with others to overcome, and that I have been hospitalized for. How could I miss it?
I lost a step brother to suicide about ten years ago. He would have been a grandfather now. There is a hole in the lives of so many people that loved him. There is a deep sense of loss, and longing for those close to him that nothing can ease.
People who are psychotic and/or depressed seem to be at the highest risk for suicide attempts.
I read the blogs of people with a mental illness and they often write, “I wish I wasn’t here.”
To the people who are feeling suicidal please talk to someone; please open up about your feelings, your plans, and your pain.
To the people who are around, or are in contact with, a person who is depressed or psychotic please listen and take seriously any mention of ending their life.
If you know of any good resources on suicide prevention please leave them in the comment section.
Every person suffering could use relief, and every life is worth saving over and over again.