As we wrap up Suicide Prevention Week, I wanted to say a few important words on this topic.
An all too common experience
Suicide is prevalent in all walks of life, whether it be with someone who’s struggling to get ahead, or with those high performers that have mental health issues like we’ve seen in the recent tragedies with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
I have dealt with the aspect of suicide in the work I do with Olympians or with elite level executives. The important thing to consider is the individual who has suicidal ideations doesn’t necessarily want to die. It’s just that their pain is so intense and unbearable that they don’t see any other options. Suicide is just a desperate attempt to ease that suffering.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates nearly 1 million people die every year to suicide. That number is way too high. So, let’s see what we can all do about it.
How can you help?
One thing is if you know someone who is suffering, please speak out about it. Discuss your concerns. Reach out and ask how you can help. The other thing you want to do is get this individual supported. Either support them to go see a psychologist or mental health professional, or take them to your physician. If in crisis call the distress centre or just take them to the hospital.
Like with all other aspects of mental health we need to discuss these topics. We need to decrease the stigma. And finally, we need to help those who are suffering. We all need to do our part.
Please reach out if you have any questions on this matter. If you are in distress and are looking for urgent resources, please visit https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/ for local support