"I think suicide is sort of like cancer was 50 years ago. People don't want to talk about it, they don't want to know about it. People are frightened of it, and they don't understand, when actually these issues are medically treatable." -Judy Collins
I read this quote last week. It really hit home for me.
Suicide terrifies people. It scares people to talk about it. People are terrified of things they don't understand. Suicide and mental illness - they're commonly misunderstood, so for some reason people think it's easier to just forget about the things they don't understand instead of learning about the illness and perhaps be apart of the change.
Did you know?
-Suicide is the number one cause of non-accidental death among you
-Every year we lose 762 young Canadians to suicide
-We lose 2 young Canadians to suicide every day
-As many as 173,000 young people will try to take their own lives
But what people don't realize, is that the more we talk about it, the more people will get help. The more people become educated, the more we can prevent suicide. If we treat mental illness like any other physical illness, more people will become aware of resources, thus getting the help that they need. Suicide is very much preventable. It doesn't just stem from someone randomly deciding to end their life. It stems from depression and anxiety and unhealthy mental minds. If we come together and promote the resources we have and become educated, we can get people the help they need before suicide becomes an option.
If you'd like to learn more about the stats on suicide and more about Partners for Mental Health's campaign "Right by You" (addresses suicide in youth), please sign the petition and take a peek at the facts at http://rightbyyou.ca/en