The nation is facing an alarming rate of suicides among diverse groups of people. The most disturbing statistics in the equation are the high numbers of teens, veterans, and active duty military people that have taken their own lives. It is a very sad and unnerving phenomenon to grasp when so many have given up all hope and find no other alternative for life. According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suicide is the third-leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years old. If that is not catastrophic enough it is thought for every completed suicide death there are approximately 25 attempts to take one’s own life.
Overall, more suicides are accomplished with guns, but yet gun control still lacks being an important issue among lawmakers. Boys are most likely to use guns or other more lethal methods to end their lives, while girls use drugs and cut themselves more often. Not all suicide attempts are successful but more girls tend to attempt to take their own lives than boys, however boy’s deaths are four times higher than girls because of the more lethal choices they make to end their lives. The situation has become bleaker in recent years because the victims of suicide are getting younger. Age ten is now at the low end of the spectrum for suicide attempts and that raises so many more questions about why these tragic occurrences exist.
Veterans and active duty military personnel commit suicide at much higher rates than younger people and for many more different reasons, however many of them suffer with depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the number of deaths daily had reportedly reached more than 22 nationally during the past couple of years. The Department of Veterans Affairs has set forth initiatives to change the high rate of suicides among veterans. Many of these veterans had returned home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and they have been incapable of adjusting to a normal life without extensive therapies, guidance, and new careers. Active duty personnel have many different challenges than average citizens and some have very stressful jobs, but often personal issues and family problems render them to make the irrational decision to end their lives. Active duty suicide rates had also been unacceptable but have declined yearly since 2012, but last year reserve and National Guard member suicides had increased.
Whatever the reasons people decide to stop living there has to be a way to reach people to prevent them from taking such drastic and fatal action. With suicide at such an all time high it might be time to teach prevention in schools and recognizing possible signs and letting individuals know that there is help for them to learn to cope with some of the situations that might drive people to suicide. Some people cannot get past the emotions which render them insignificant, or being angered enough with others and see no way to find solutions to their matters of concern. Suicide is such a devastating change for all who know the victim and in today’s society there is hardly anyone who does not know someone who has taken their own life. Hopefully those statistics can be turned around before the next generation.