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How Many People Commit Suicide Because Of Bullying
Bullying: Too many. The topic of bullying is being discussed at a national level. More work definitely needs to be done. If you or someone you know is being bullied, get help. Speak out. Don't suffer in silence. ...Read more
Bullying is an abnormal behavior in which a person (the bully) treats others in an abusive way, uses force to harm others, or otherwise scares others into responding the way the bully wants. Bullying is common, and involves verbal abuse, physical assault, coercion (forcing others to do things) and is often targeted at selected victims, sometimes because of the victims' race, ...Read more
It happens: As a pathologist, the emotional autopsy following a homicide or suicide is part of our work. Bullying is deplorable and the fact that we ignored it for centuries or considered it "part of building character" is equally deplorable. Despite all the attention it is rightly getting, I believe that more child / teen suicides result from emotional or physical abuse by parents than by peers. ...Read more
There is always hope: Although you may feel hopeless things can and do get better in life. If you are being bullied or struggling with family problems, reach out to a psychotherapist and start getting some help. They have worked with people dealing with similar problems. Having someone listen and help you find solutions will hel;p you start turning your life around. Let us know how it goes. ...Read more
Just one is too many: We don't have an exact number. In the US suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst teenagers and adolescents. A British study reported 44% of suicides occurring in kids 10 to 14 was caused by bullying. Those bullied often remain silent until the emotional trauma is eventually no longer tolerable. Cyberbullying is a particularly malignant form of bullying. ...Read more
Unknown: Likely a much higher number than anyone knows. Many teens/kids don't leave details when they commit suicide, so many people don't know why? Were they bullied — perhaps. But as often as we know they were, there are probably more that were bullied and never confided that fact to anyone and suffered in silence. It is a very sad and deadly situation that these kids emotional needs are ignored. ...Read more
Too many: The usa needs a modern view of psychiatric wellness as well as symptoms. Let's skip the drama. ...Read more
What are you asking?: As a pathologist who has seen so much of this, I want to urge you to think instead, "How can I make my own life enjoyable, and help others to do the same?" Your physician can help you find resources to escape from abusive / impossible situations, learn new skills and find real warmth and love. ...Read more
Sx awareness: Work with your therapist and psychiatrist on sx awareness and monitoring as well as triggers for your depression and suicidal thoughts. Work on a plan of action now for the time when crisis does return -- help you be better prepared. Focus on the things that work for you right now and embrace the positive experiences around you, however small they might seem. 1-800-273-talk (8255). ...Read more
Hopelessness: Sadness, isolation, recent crisis, giving important personal things away, talk or threats of suicide, not eating or taking care of oneself. If you or someone you know is thinking or talking about suicide, please call the crisis call center at 1-800-273-8255 or text ctl to 741741. You can also call 911. ...Read more
There is hope: — even if it doesn't seem that way right now. With help may come hope. Please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more
Suicidal thoughts: Get help immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. You can call your own physician or therapist, or go to an er. You can call 911. You can also call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you've been depressed there is certainly help for you. You may need inpatient hospitalization first, followed by ongoing outpatient treatment thereafter. Psychiatrists and psychologists can help. ...Read more
That really depends: Someone who talks about suicide when intoxicated may need to sober up. Someone dealing with an acute problem, may need to see that there are other solutions besides suicide. Someone who is despondent, has lost hope & is chronically suicidal — may need much more time. There is no one-size fits all answer. It all depends on the person & where they are at. ...Read more
Imagination: Being an intelligent and creative human being (with enough time to ponder) you will think about all sorts of things and theoretical possibilities. This is not a problem by itself. These thoughts become problematic when they begin interfering with your life in some way or if you intend to commit suicide. There's no need to be afraid of our own thoughts--we can always change the channel. ...Read more
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ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS. CALL THEM RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!!! After the crisis is over find s reputable psychotherapist to help you deal with what's bothering you. ...Read more
No, but ....: Suicide risk assessment is difficult and far from an exact science. Depression often leads to thoughts of suicide but who will take their own life and when? Risk is increased when some who is depressed is also anxious agitated and or impulsive. More women attempt suicide while more men succeed. Substance abuse, bipolar disorder, history of suicide attempts, family history of suicide, are red flags. ...Read more
Call your physician: Or visit the emergency room. I am VERY, VERY glad that you failed. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and if you're able to use HealthTap, you can find something better. 99% of people who try to fail are glad, one year later, that they are alive. Folks are ready to help you get out of abusive / impossible situations & learn new skills & find real love. ...Read more
You do: Please talk with someone. If you're healthy enough to write healthtap, you can do something to manage whatever pain, confusion, abusive life situation, or mood problem that is causing you this distress. Phone a suicide help line, then make an appointment with your personal physician. Of people who've failed an attempt, 99% are glad one year later that they did. ...Read more
Situations do differ: Assisted-dying is not illegal in about 5 states in the U.S., so if an adult there has a terminal illness, or is in a comparably bad situation, she has the right as a free American to choose her own destiny. However, many people become suicidal for other reasons, which are often temporary (breaking up with a loved one, loss of a job, etc...), so calling 911 to save them gives them a second chance. ...Read more
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