Late in Life Suicide Essay

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Choose life before death Carla Miller Pennsylvania College of Technology What is the definition of suicide? There are actually three different definitions of Suicide. There is Suicide ideation: Thinking about, considering, or planning for suicide. Suicide attempt: A non-fatal self-directed potentially injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt may or may not result in injury. Then there is Suicide: A death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior (CDC, 2012). Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain. What a well put statement. These people are not crazy, weak, or flawed, just because they feel suicidal. It doesn’t mean that they want to die; it just means they have so much to deal with in their lives right now that they are overwhelmed with the weight on their shoulders. Imagine if you would, piling some bricks on your shoulders, and you keep piling them on, to the point that you feel like you couldn’t even stand up. To the point that you feel that you can’t go any further. You are at your breaking point. You need to get these bricks off your shoulder before you die….well guess what; this is how suicidal individuals feel each and every day. They feel they can’t go any further; there is nothing more to live for. I want to touch on some facts and figures, risk factors, warning signs, and what to do if you or a loved one is looking suicide in the face. Facts and Figures According to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 2012 and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2009 indicates that 36,909 suicide deaths were reported in the U.S. in 2009. This latest rise places suicide again as the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. nationally, the

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