Suicide: The Untamed Killer
By Jennifer Studstrup
Life impacts us all in many ways. Whether it makes us stressed, depressed, anxious, causes us to have a few nightly drinks, or even resort to drug abuse. These impacts can cause us to make mistakes, and have thoughts that we otherwise wouldn’t. These thoughts may lead us to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies. Suicide is thought to be the nation’s most untamed killer because it is spiraling out of control; Every year our nations’ suicide rates seem to get higher and higher.
According to Pamela Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “America loses 100 Americans every 24 hours from suicide.” (Reinberg, 2012). In 2010 the National Violent Death Reporting System, reported over 800,000 lives were lost worldwide, and over 100,000 of those lives were in the United States. Suicide is a major issue that needs to be addressed. According to the Center For Disease Control, (CDC) there were more suicide deaths than deaths on the road. We need to get control over the situation.
Who is the most at risk? Over the past decade suicide rates for ages 45-64 have jumped over 30 percent. With white, middle aged men, being the highest at risk with an increase of 50% in rates over the past ten years. It seems as if anyone who has experienced a significant life event that impacted their lives in a negative aspect is at risk. Risk factors have a wide spectrum and are very vague in nature. They include: family conflict, combat experience, childhood abuse, poor sleep, access or means to end their life, witnessing suicide, feeling alone, feeling angry, feeling a lost sense of purpose, and drug and alcohol abuse. Loneliness can come very easily. Newly widowed or recently divorced individuals may have a heightened risk due to emotional impacts that result from these events. Unemployment, illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, and just the overall lose of the want and need to live. All of...