Friday, December 9, 2016

Your Life Matters - Lexa Moon

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." – Harriet Beecher Stowe

"When you find yourself stuck between a rock and hard place, spread your wings and fly upwards." - Anonymous

I want to start this article by saying that there is hope. Suicide is not the answer. If you are feeling hopeless, please, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, toll free, for help, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text HELLO to 741-741. Everything always gets better and there is nothing more valuable than your life.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Each year 42,773 people commit suicide and for every death, twenty-five more people attempt suicide. On average, 117 suicides are committed every single day. The purpose of this article is to convince anyone who believes there is no other way out that there actually is a way out, to help raise awareness about suicides, and about how you can help prevent suicides.

Some of the leading causes of suicide are the death of a loved one, a divorce, separation, or breakup of a relationship, losing custody of children, or feeling that a child custody decision is not fair, a serious loss, such as a loss of a job, house, or money, a serious illness, a terminal illness, a serious accident., chronic physical pain, intense emotional pain, loss of hope, being victimized (domestic violence, rape, assault, etc), a loved one being victimized (child murder, child molestation, kidnapping, murder, rape, assault, etc.), physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, unresolved abuse (of any kind) from the past, feeling "trapped" in a situation perceived as negative, feeling that things will never "get better," feeling helpless, serious legal problems, such as criminal prosecution or incarceration, feeling "taken advantage of," inability to deal with a perceived "humiliating" situation, inability to deal with a perceived "failure," alcohol abuse, drug abuse, a feeling of not being accepted by family, friends, or society, a horrible disappointment, feeling like one has not lived up to his or her high expectations or those of another, bullying (Adults, as well as children, can be bullied.), and low self-esteem.

However, more than all of these possibilities, the number one 'root cause' of suicide is unresolved mental illness.

Life is valuable, and there isn’t a second chance. Always remember that the world is a better place with you in it. Never be afraid to accept the help of a licensed professional.

Want to get involved? The simplest way to make a big difference is by asking someone “How was your day?” Sometimes all someone needs is to know that you care. Please help Share this post. Every person that reads this, please share it to your social media! Share it with your friends! Get the word out! Every second counts!

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