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June 23, 2016

Think About It: Suicide Watch

You might have seen the numbers recently when the 2015 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey came out and provided local facts and figures related to teen suicide, drug and alcohol usage, bullying, sexual behavior patterns, etc. Focusing in on the suicide issue, suicide is the second leading cause of death locally for persons aged 15-34. More residents in Hawaii die by suicide than by homicide annually.

On average, one person dies by suicide every two days here. Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death locally for kids ages 10-14. Hawaii County is the #1 county for suicides locally per capita. Surely this is not just a teen or kids' problem, but a problem for all ages here and elsewhere. These numbers are sometimes seen as stark, black and white figures compiled by analysts and statisticians. But they do become far too real for far too many left behind and touched by the horrible emotional loss and ripple effect of this final, desperate act. Education, empathy, a safe haven, awareness, the ability to talk openly and comfort people, trying to stop the incessant hurting; we need to do more.

We need to try and help people come back from the brink- to see the signs of someone feeling desperately sad or hopeless, to see that people are withdrawing or appear to feel helpless. There is no magic answer, and depression and mental illness are hard topics for the layman or ordinary family members to deal with, but we all must do our best and remain conscious of those around us who might be quietly crying out. We need to be brave and forthcoming in attempts to help those who simply can't help themselves. Think about it…

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