Ever think it sounds good to crash your car, cut yourself, take a drink to drown out the pain of the day; empty a bottle of pills or any other destructive though? Ever feel like the world is just too much to take? Ever feel like the only people who truly cared about you are gone? Ever feel like you do not do anything right or make anyone happy? The baby just will not be quiet for 2 seconds, the dogs will not stop chewing everything up or marking their territory, nothing can stay clean for more than a minute. The teenager will not quit rolling her eyes at everything, the husband that gets on your last nerve. Man, oh man these are the moments that just send you into a spiral turn for the worst and if you battle depression it could send you into a suicidal spin.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is 3rd for 10-14-year-olds and 2nd for 15-24-year-olds. More than 90 percent of children who die from suicide have a mental health condition. When are we going to wake up and smell the roses that we are in the middle of a mental health crisis and it’s even affecting our children?
4 out of 5 suicides had warning signs beforehand such as they threatened, had tried before, obsessed with death, depression and making final arrangements. I know several times I had everything planned out, who would get my stuff and where my kids would go. I had planned on what I would even wear and what I would be buried in. Life was just too much to handle in my own head. I could not do it anymore and I did not want to be a burden to anyone anymore. The scary thing is the numbers rise every year; I found out I was not alone in this battle. Two people can go through the same situation, but it will affect them completely differently due to different factors of their mental condition.
Mental Illness can be inherited, be part of the environment, social status, sex, medications we are on or have taken, the diet we follow and our overall wellbeing. In order to start breaking the cycle, we have several steps that need to be taken. We need to step back and track our thought processes. Where do these thoughts even come from? Why is suicide an option? What is triggering them to come upon us? Is there a basis for the thought to be true or false? Make a journal of the thoughts and map them back. Do they spring from a trigger or are they part of wanting to escape the pain? Keep track of the journal to use in your healing.
Suicide is a topic that affects us whether we want to admit it or not. We have to come together as one nation under God to help fix this issue. Close to 800,000 a year worldwide dies due to suicide. 1 person every 40 seconds according to the World Health Organization. They also go on to say, “In much of the world suicide is stigmatized and condemned for religious or cultural reasons. In some countries, suicidal behavior is a criminal offense punishable by law. Suicide is therefore often a secretive act surrounded by taboo and may be unrecognized, misclassified or deliberately hidden in official records of death.” (WHO, 2002) The US is #27 out of 183 countries but we could be so much better. So, until Mental health is brought more into the forefront and accepted what can we do to help ourselves and our friends? The biggest achievement we can do in our lives is to accept that we are not the higher being. We are not God; I know several who have the God complex, but they are not it. We need to come to terms that we need God in our lives to live a more fulfilling life. All the answers we need are in the Bible; we just need to dig deep and really focus on turning our lives around. It can be done, and we will work through this journey of growing from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2