Suicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on the entire community. But sadly, every minute of every day, someone attempts to take their own life, and every 12.8 minutes someone dies by suicide. Suicide does not discriminate. It occurs in every age, sex, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and financial status. Studies have consistently found that the overwhelming majority of people who die by suicide — 90 percent or more — had a mental disorder at the time of their death. Often, however, these disorders had not been recognized, diagnosed or adequately treated.
Unfortunately, young men/women taking their lives have become so common that it’s hardly alarming anymore. If any reader is contemplating or even thinking of committing suicide, I would like to inform them that life is precious and there are resources available if they will just avail themselves of any church or professional counselling services, all of which can be found in the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)