Some Facts About Suicide

If you or someone you know needs immediate help you can call  1-800-273- 8255.  Someone from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline  is available 24 hour a day.

Taken from   NAMI  which is located    HERE.

Suicide is one of the greatest tragedies imaginable for a victim and their loved ones. Each year suicide claims approximately 30,000 lives in America which makes it responsible for slightly more than 1 percent of deaths in the United States. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a psychiatric emergency requiring immediate intervention to prevent this disastrous event. It is the most common psychiatric emergency with close to 1 million Americans receiving treatment for suicidal thoughts, behaviors or attempts on a yearly basis.

Who is at risk for suicide?

  • The single biggest risk factor for suicide is a prior history of suicidal behaviors or attempts.
  • Over 90 percent of people who commit suicide have been diagnosed with mental illness.
  • Some of the mental illnesses most commonly associated with suicide include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders (including borderline personality disorder), anxiety disorders (including posttraumatic stress disorder and panic attacks) and eating disorders (including bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa).
  • Substance abuse and addiction are associated with an increased risk of suicide.
  • More than 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are intoxicated, most commonly with alcohol or opiates (e.g., Heroin, Percocet [oxycodone]).
  • The majority of completed suicides in America involve firearms and access to firearms is associated with a significantly increased risk of suicide.
  • Older age is associated with increased risk of suicide; people above the age of 65 are at the greatest risk for death by suicide.
  • Chronic medical illness (including chronic pain) is associated with increased risk of suicide.
  • While women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are approximately 4 times more likely to die by suicide
  • People of all races and ethnicities are at risk for suicide.
  • People who feel socially-isolated (e.g., divorced, widowed) are at increased risk of suicide compared with people who have responsibility for family members (e.g., people who are married or people with children)
  • While scientists have not discovered one specific gene that causes suicide, it is known that people with a family history of suicide are at increased risk.
  • People with a history of trauma (e.g., childhood abuse or combat experience) are at increased risk of suicide.
  • Involvement in community or religious organizations may decrease the risk of suicide.

How can suicide be prevented?

As suicidal thoughts or behaviors are a psychiatric emergency, the involvement of properly-trained mental health professionals is necessary. For some people, this means making an appointment to see a therapist or a psychiatrist; for other people, it may mean calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room. After they are evaluated by a mental health professional, some people may be able to continue outpatient treatment; others may require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization to manage their symptoms.

Ongoing psychiatric treatment is helpful for most people with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Some forms of psychotherapy—including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)—are useful in treatment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy can also be a helpful part in the ongoing treatment of people mental illness, something which further decreases the risk of suicide.

Alcohol and drugs are very dangerous for people at risk of suicide. Addiction—also called alcohol or drug dependency—puts people at increased risk of suicide and can also worsen other mental illnesses which further increases this risk.  Additionally, people who are intoxicated or withdrawing from drugs and alcohol are more impulsive. This impulsiveness can make people more likely to attempt suicide and perhaps less likely to ask for help with their troubling symptoms.

Some medications may be helpful in reducing the risk of suicide in certain patients with mental illness. While antidepressants carry a “Black Box Warning” from the US-FDA regarding the risk of increased suicide, most people with depression or anxiety will be less likely to hurt themselves if they are taking an antidepressant medication. Most scientific studies of people with depression suggest that antidepressants save lives by preventing suicide because untreated depression is such a significant risk factor for suicide. Other medications may also be useful: for some people with symptoms of depression, lithium can be helpful in decreasing the risk of suicide. For some individuals with schizophrenia, Clozaril (clozapine) can reduce the risk of suicide. As with any other medical illness, a thorough evaluation by one’s physician—either a primary care doctor or a psychiatrist—is appropriate prior to starting most medications.

What can friends and family members do?

If they have concerns that someone close to them is suicidal, family and friends can be most helpful in encouraging their loved one to seek treatment. Some people may be afraid that they could worsen the situation if they bring up the topic of suicide with their loved one. While this is a common concern, scientific studies show that asking about suicide—and encouraging their loved one to get help—does not increase the risk of suicide. Rather, addressing concerns about suicide is helpful in preventing suicide.

Friends and family that are interested in learning more about suicide prevention are encouraged to follow the links included at the end of this review.

Suicide Still Major Concern For Teens Even after Treatment, Study Finds

Taken from   NAMI   which is located   HERE.

In a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, most adolescents who were surveyed developed thoughts of suicide after they had already received mental health treatment.

The study, which was published on Jan. 9, 2013, surveyed nearly 6,483 adolescents aged 13 to 18.

“Suicidal behaviors are common among U.S. adolescents, with rates that approach those of adults,” the study concluded, “Suicidal behaviors are among the leading causes of death worldwide, especially among adolescents and young adults.”

In 2010, 4,867 youths between ages 10 and 24 died by suicide. It was the second leading cause of death for those in that age group.

According to the study, led by Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D. of Harvard University, 12 percent of adolescents who were surveyed had thoughts of attempting suicide. In fact, one-third of those who had thoughts of suicide had developed a plan for suicide and another one-third had made an actual attempt.

As the researchers expected, thoughts of suicide were very low among adolescents between age 10 and 12. Thoughts of suicide increased between the ages of 12 and 17.

The study also corroborated previous research finding girls to have higher rates of nonlethal suicidal behavior than boys. However, boys use more lethal methods of suicide such as firearms and therefore are more likely to die by suicide.

But again, the most glaring aspect of the study had been the results that over 55 percent of adolescents had developed thoughts of suicide after receiving mental health treatment.

In fact, 80 percent of adolescents with suicidal thoughts do receive some sort of mental health treatment.

This has brought to question the effectiveness of current mental health treatment for adolescents, and whether new ways of treating adolescents living with mental illness have to be devised.

The report said nothing about whether the therapies given were state of the art or carefully done, and it is possible that some of the treatments prevented suicide attempts, said Nock in a recent New York Times article.

Despite the fact that some attempts could have been prevented by mental health treatments, the study notes “that treatment does not always succeed in this way because the adolescents in the NCS-A [the first national survey of U.S. adolescents living with a wide range of mental illness and suicidal behaviors] who received treatment prior to their first attempt went on to make an attempt anyway.”

Despite the results of the study, it remains vital for adults to be supportive and accessible for adolescents receiving mental health treatment. Studies have shown that asking about suicide, or encouraging loved ones to get help, does not increase the likelihood of suicide, but in fact can help prevent suicide.

Bruce Almighty: Bruce Springsteen And Depression

 

Taken from  Esperanza  which is located   HERE.

I can’t claim to be a Bruce Springsteen fan from the very beginning (namely, Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ), but it’s a fact that when his breakthrough album, Born to Run, came out in 1975 it was one of the first records I ever bought for myself.

Springsteen was 25 at the time, a working-class guy from New Jersey singing about teenagers in souped-up cars trying to escape the mean streets. I was a demure 14-year-old, growing up in a gracious neighborhood in the bosom of a professional family. But somehow his songs spoke to me—or maybe spoke for me, voicing the eternal adolescent yearning to bust loose.

Along with his marathon concerts—at 63, The Boss still fills stadiums around the world—that ability to give voice to the human condition has always been Springsteen’s particular talent.

Now he’s speaking for a darker side of the human psyche: depression. When a recent New Yorker profile delved into Springsteen’s emotional demons and revealed that he’s been in therapy for 30 years, the news made headlines across the country.

What the stories didn’t cover, though, was what therapy has done for Springsteen: helped him work through crippling issues about his abusive father and create a stable marriage with Patti Scialfa, a singer in his E Street Band. Springsteen has never hidden his troubled relationship with his father. In the profile, the writer recalls hearing Springsteen tell a story at a concert in 1976 about getting into screaming fights with his father, who would come home drunk from his job as a jail guard and make his son sit with him in the dark.

Doug Springsteen could erupt into rage and violence, often with Bruce as a target, making the household a place “in which threats were shouted, telephones were ripped off the wall, and the police were summoned,” he writes. But he could also sink into immobilizing depressions, and it’s possible that he had bipolar disorder.

Bruce Springsteen now lives with his own family on a 180-acre farm in affluent Colts Neck, New Jersey, 10 miles and a world away from where he grew up. That was in a two-family house in a rundown neighborhood of Freehold. His mother, Adele, worked as a legal secretary and held the family together. His father shifted from job to job, never achieving the prosperity he felt he deserved. Springsteen was marked as deeply by his father’s disappointment as he was by the man’s behavior.

According to the New Yorker profile, Springsteen is still gripped by the pain of his early years. “My parents’ struggles, it’s the subject of my life,” he tells Remnick. “It’s the thing that eats at me and always will.… Those wounds stay with you, and you turn them into a language and a purpose.”

Growing up in an abusive home left Springsteen unable to sustain close relationships. In some ways, he learned to trust nothing but his music. He got serious about playing guitar at age 15, joined a band as lead singer while still in his teens, then headed for the music scene in nearby Asbury Park. He had the ambition, discipline (to the point of perfectionism) and talent to break free from Freehold, if not from its corrosive legacy.

You can hear it all in the songs on Born to Run, the album that put Springsteen on the best-seller charts, on the covers of Time and Newsweek—and on a trajectory that would find him driving aimlessly across the country, questioning his life and self-worth. Or driving past his old house at night, “sometimes three or four times a week,” Remnick reports. Springsteen started seeing a psychotherapist in 1982, who told him he was trying to go back and somehow make things right.

Music was another kind of therapy for Springsteen, on the page and the stage. He talks to Remnick about how his punishing performances, often lasting three hours or more, were a way to escape “pure fear and self-loathing and self-hatred. You are free of yourself for those hours; all the voices in your head are gone. Just gone. There’s no room for them.”

But Springsteen also passionately believes that the live shows are his way to spread a little hope, create a transcendent experience for the crowd, and strike out against “the futility and the existential loneliness” of existence. In the end, what fans like me take away from Springsteen’s music is not only the stark and sad portrayals, but also a sense of human warmth and connection.

 

From the U.K.: The Hidden Depressed Millions

There are millions of people in the UK living with chronic depression, surviving for years at a time with feelings of sadness, apathy and loneliness but, because their depression never reaches severe proportions, never seeking help.

This constant feeling of sadness is clinically referred to as dysthymia, but is more often known as low mood or depression. As many as three million people in the UK could be living their day to day lives without ever addressing it because it does not become severe enough to affect their ability to get up and go to work every day.

This lower-end depression is characterised by a minimum two-year period experiencing a low mood and other depressive symptoms while still carrying on a day to day life.

Sufferers will get up every morning, go to work, come home and cook dinner – all the same things people do every day – but all the while feeling desperately sad. They may also feel hopelessness, fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration, and will avoid going out socially.

It’s much more common than you might think – up to six per cent of the population has dysthymia. This may not sound like a lot but it means that in a room of 100 people, as many as six of them could be regularly experiencing depressive symptoms but never seeking treatment.

It is massively underdiagnosed as a result, but people who experience these symptoms can benefit hugely from professional help.

Treatment involves cognitive behavioural therapy and, often, anti-depressants. Cognitive behavioural therapy will address the thought processes that cause depression, which helps people combat the cause of their feelings.

Anti-depressants are often necessary because people who experience low mood and depression are more likely to develop more severe symptoms as a result, causing what is termed ‘double depression’ which has a more severe effect on the person than those who experience depression without first having low mood and depression.

Taken from the  Huffington Post U.K.  which is located   HERE.

There are a number of ways that people can try and improve their mood:
• Get enough sleep – lack of sleep can have a very negative affect on mood
• Eat properly – a good diet that is nutritionally balanced will help ensure the body is properly fuelled to cope with any changes
• Exercise regularly – exercise releases endorphins which help improve feelings of happiness. It will also help get people in better shape physically, which can help reduce feelings of self-worthlessness
• Avoid alcohol and drugs – when we are feeling low alcohol can act as a depressant, making us feel sluggish, sad and melancholy

Keeping a record of thoughts and feelings can also be a real help when it comes to identifying patterns and behaviours. For example, people might find that their condition gets worse when they haven’t exercised for three days or more, or after a night out.

Anyone who feels they might have low mood and depression should seek medical help. It’s important to recognise that it won’t go away on its own – it is not simply feeling sad – but that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light comes through accessing experienced help.

Prayer Requests & Praise Reports: January 27th, 2013

 

“The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, buy unoffered prayer.”
F.B. Meyer

Prayer Requests

lensgirl53–  Please pray for my daughter Vanessa who suffers from Misophonia (hearing sensitivity which causes rage and depression) and Borderline Personality Disorder. She has lost so much because of this…jobs, relationships….etc….we are at an all time low over this on top of losing our son to suicide. Thank you so much. God bless you.

Allan–  My cousin DeAnna is recovering from a double mastectomy. Please pray there will be no complications as she goes through treatments  and the cancer will be gone.

Allan–  A friend lost her husband a year ago. This not too long after she had a leg amputated. She has now moved out of state to be close to her daughters. She has lost 37 pounds and is battling deep depression. Her name is Jan.

Allan–  I see the doctor tomorrow.  I have been slow in healing from  prostate surgery but there has been good progress made. Hopefully the new meds will complete their work. Prayer would be welcomed.

Allan–  I just received word that an old friend who helped me so much in my early years as a believer tried to commit suicide. Finances and health issues have been and are overwhelming. Please pray that Dick would regain hope and that God would move mightily in his life.

Praise Report

Allan–  My problems since my surgery have cleared up!

God Is Waiting Upon Us

“And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you…blessed are all they that wait f or him” Isaiah 30:18

We must not only think of our waiting upon God, but also of what is more wonderful still, of God’s waiting upon us. The vision of Him waiting on us, will give new impulse and inspiration to our waiting upon Him. It will give us unspeakable confidence that our waiting cannot be in vain. Let us seek even now, at this moment, in the spirit of waiting on God, to find out something of what it means. He has inconceivably glorious purposes concerning every one of His children. And you ask, “How is it, if He waits to be gracious, that even after I come and wait upon Him, He does not give the. help I seek, but waits on longer and longer?”

God is a wise husbandman, “who waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it.” He cannot gather the fruit till it is ripe. He knows when we are spiritually ready to receive the blessing to our profit and His glory. Waiting in the sunshine of His love is what will ripen the soul for His blessing. Waiting under the cloud of trial, that breaks in showers of blessings, is as needful. Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious. God waited four thousand years, till the fullness of time, ere He sent His Son. Our times are in His hands; He will avenge His elect speedily; He will make haste for our help, and not delay one hour too long.
–Andrew Murray

Praise & Worship: January 25th, 2013

Song List

1.  Glorious-  Bryan & Katie Torwalt

2.  Beautiful Mercy-  Laura Hackett

3.  In The Night My Hope Lives On-  Andrew Peterson

4.  Worthy Is The Lamb-  Hillsong

5.  Love Me-  JJ Heller

6.  You Are I Am-  Mercy Me

7.  Beautiful One-  Tim Hughes

8.  All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises-  Lincoln Brewster

9.  Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing) –  Brenton Brown

10.  Give Me Your Eyes-  Brandon Heath

11.  Carry Me Along-  Erick Nelson & Michelle Pillar