Sometimes The Signs of Suicide Are Not Evident

S. F. Mori

It is a sad situation when someone takes his own life

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Dark and foreboding clouds will come into the lives of all people. No one will escape without problems and trials. When the problems become too great, some people may contemplate ending it all. Suicide has long been a problem among society, but it seems to be reaching epidemic proportions. It is something that affects young and old alike.

Most adults might have known someone who committed suicide. It is always an extremely sad and painful time for those loved one who are left behind. They may feel guilt and wonder if they missed the clues which might have been present.

Years ago when my daughter was in high school, a classmate ended his life by shooting himself at his home. This young man was on the school's football team. He had a girlfriend, and it seemed that his life was on the right course. He would have gone to college the next year, possibly on a football scholarship. Why did he feel that life was not worth living? No one knew or understood it. If there were clues, they were missed.

I attended the funeral of a young woman friend who had killed herself. She was an outstanding musician as well as having a successful career. She had worked in government and was involved in her community. She was a wonderful person who did not seem to be depressed. Her sisters and the rest of her family told how they had no inclination that she had serious problems with depression. They had lived close to her and saw her regularly. They never suspected that she would take her own life.

The young adult son of a friend of mine years ago committed suicide. He had recently returned home to live with his parents. They knew that he seemed a little unhappy, but they had no suspicions that it was so serious. They were shocked and horrified when he decided to end his life.

A woman friend recently talked of her grandson's friend who took his own life. His friends were devastated as they had no idea that he would do such a thing. They thought his life was okay. He did not appear to be depressed, but he must have been suffering greatly inside.

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Life can be bright and good with blue skies. There is help available if someone needs it.

Mental Health America is an organization which provides help. They have a depression quiz at their website (www.mhanational.org) which people can take. The quiz has ten questions which are to be answered by 1) not at all, 2) several days, 3) more than half the days, or 4) nearly every day. The questions are:
1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things; 2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless; 3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much; 4. Feeling tired or having little energy; 5. Poor appetite or overeating; 6. Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down; 7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television; 8) Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed; 9) Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself; 10. If you checked off any problems, how difficult have these problems made it for you at work, home, or with other people?

People who notice the above problems in themselves or in others should seek professional help.

The clues that someone is feeling depressed and anxious about life are often hidden. The people who are suffering severely may not be sharing their feelings. Their friends and family may be oblivious to the problems the person is facing.

Adrianna Rodriquez wrote an article on November 4, 2021, for USA Today which stated that suicide rates overall were down during COVID-19 but that increases were seen among young people and people of color, according to a study. She encouraged people to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for help if needed. Trained workers are there to talk through problems with those who may be suffering.

Mental health is a major concern in the world today. Many suicide cases are a result of mental health problems which might include depression, sadness, hopelessness, and despair. It might be possible to help someone by being more aware of others.

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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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