Suicide Prevention Week- Advice, Facts and Help. New Article.
September 11, 2017
This week is Suicide Prevention Week and I wanted to ensure I did a post that can hopefully help yourselves as well as help spread awareness.
Suicide is an upsetting topic for many of us. We may view the word and feel anger, sadness or grieve. It isn't a happy subject. I am all for focusing on the postivites over negatives and yes this is a negative subject but that's why we can't ignore it. We need to try and pull out all the postivies we can. Using them as strong weapons to heal.
First a few facts;
- one million people die every year worldwide due to suicide.
- one million relates to 16 people out of every 100,000.
- in the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60 per cent worldwide.
- mental disorders (mainly depression) and substance abuse are responsible for 90 per cent of suicides.
- Europe in particular Eastern Europe has the highest suicide rates.
- Nearly 30 per cent of worldwide suicides take place in China and India.
- Youth suicides are growing the greatest rate.
Lyme disease is responsible for 13 per cent of the suffering ending their lives.
What's causing the rise in rates?
The Media; we are surrounded by images of what we 'should' look like and are told 'how' we should be living our lives. Is it any wonder that more and more people buckle under the extra pressure?
Chronic Diseases and Illnesses are on the rise; chronic illnesses are debilitating. Fit, healthy and happy people are left with endless, on-going pain. This is hard for them to get their heads around and adjust to. This ties in with mental illness - mental illness is debilitating and on-going. People who begin to suffer with chronic illnesses and begin becoming more poorly can't cope nor do they want to accept this new situtation and want to call it a day.
Mental Illness; due to years of ignorance towards mental illness. The suffering are left feeling lost, helpless and embarrassed. This leading them to feel there is only one way out. Due to the rise of chronic illness, media exposure ( online bullying included ) and pressures from a number of sources. People simply just don't see a way out or can find rest bite from the stress.
Online bullying 'trolling'; online bullying carried out by pure cowards is extremely worrying when it comes to people becoming to the point they feel they only have one option left - to end their life. This kind of bullying to me is the worst the people don't even have the guts to say what they type behind a screen to your face! They may see their words as a joke but it is far from a joke and the words can never be erased nor forgotten. Leading to endless, hurt, triggering mental illness and causing the person end their life. If you don't know or understand what trolling is / what it is all about please watch Celeb Trolling on channel 5, Thursday evenings.
So how can we help ourselves & how as a friend can you help?
1. Pick up the phone;
- Individual; pick up the phone and call someone you trust. Don't bottle up the pain. They may be able to offer advice and/or they will simply be someone you can unload to which are often massive weights lifted.
-Friend; give your love one a call. You can schedule a call or you can simply leave an uplifting voicemail. This allows your loved one to know you are there and more importantly you were thinking of them. This makes them feel loved and reminds they that they are important!
2. Meet Up's;
- Indiviual; the same four walls can be your worst enemy. You may not be able or well enough to leave the home and that's fine, a loved one would be more than happy to pop round for a coffee or even a film night. If you do feel well enough then a coffee date in a cafe, meal out, pub quiz, cinema night or open mic nights may be nice options. Nothing too long or straining.
-Friend; offer to pop in for a coffee or a drink. Bring your own drinks if you can if you want different options to tea's and coffee's. This helps remove stress on your friend. Offer to take them out to local places so they aren't far from home but they are out.
3. Be A Cheerleader;
-Individual; read inspiring quotes, watch inspirational, uplifting movies and programmes. These will show you that everyone has a battle to fight and we can all pull through. We just can't give up!!
-Friend; bring fun, laughter and cheer to events, phone calls and meet ups. This doesn't just help your mood but everyone's around you. You can prove that there is still happiness in life which is what your friend needs proving to them.
-Indivial; get lost in mindful activities and create something beautiful that has come solely from you. Your talents and skills. This isn't just a calming influence but it help promote worth and purpose. Whether it's colouring, writing, poetry, cooking or sewing. There is a number of mindful options to fit your skills.
- Friend; celebrate and promote your loved ones skills, talents and hobbies. Again helping them find purpose and build self worth.
5. Eat nutrient rich foods;
-Indiviual; we all know how bad fast, processed foods are on our bodies and minds. There is a truck load of scientific evidence to support this claim. Eating high nurtient foods can prevent feeling sluggish and moody. We all know the extra toxins cause many mood disorders so stay away. Add fresh, nurtient rich foods to your diet and enjoy cooking from fresh. Give your body the right tools to heal, fight off infection and protect you in the best way possible. You don't have to make mega changes, just cook your rice, pasta etc yourselves instead of processed flavoured 'in a bag' products. It won't take you longer but it will really help you.
-Friend; offer to help host cooking evenings where you all have fun making fresh food. Then your loved one isn't entertaining herself or cooking for a larger number. Offer to go to a restaurant for dinner over a drive through stop. Eat healthy food with them. Don't sit there enjoying your pizza and fries and leave them with their baked sweet potato and vegetables. Yes you can still eat your pizza but don't throw it in their faces this is only going to dampen the mood. They want to be included, supported and part of a family.
6. Find a purpose;
-Indiviual; you aren't going to find inspiration from simply staring at walls and feeling sorry for yourself. Find hobbies and projects that give you joy. Set yourself goals and ask loved ones to help if needs be! Whether it's starting a new hobby, taking a new class, training in something new, setting up a business. Or it can be simple goals like helping a friend at an event, going food shopping, helping with chores. Big or small, the effort will show you that you do have a purpose.
-Friend; help your loved one find their purpose. Whether it's that fact you know they love drama or singing. Take them to stage shows and look into acting classes with them. Encourage them to follow their dreams however crazy. Just moral support is a massive help.
If you are struggling and need help!
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org. Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill. PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn't have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information.
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
Contact your GP; your GP can offer advice and offer possible medications to help with low mood.
Ring a family member or friend; if you are feeling utterly lost and not know how to go forward call someone you trust. They can talk to you, offer advice, go to appointments with you and offer support.
We only get one shot at life and you are here for a reason.
We all go through rough patches and face storms but without the storms we wouldn't gain the vital lesson and strength that truly make us unique and special.
You are amazing !
Let's start celebrating the positives, drawing our focus away from the negatives.
I am proud to say my post on how to deal with health issues has been published on the Mighty.com .
Experiencing blips in our health can really affect our mood. So I wanted to combine this common issue with raising awareness for suicide prevention.
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.