The Face of Suicide and Mindy McCready
What does suicide look like? It looks like fame, fortune, family. It looks like someone broke, alone, confused. It looks like men and women of all ages and races. It looks like the person next to you or the person in the mirror. It looks like Kurt Cobain, Prince Alfred, Owen Wilson, Marilyn Monore, Cleopatra, Junior Seau and Mindy McCready. Suicide looks like ALL of us.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with countless others that are uncounted and undocumented. This is a very real and preventable issue whose presence dates back to 33 AD with Judas Iscariot.
In my practice, suicide is something we monitor at all times because in mental health it is despair that we see almost daily depending on our case load. I have to be tuned into the impulsivity, frustration tolerance and coping skills of the person in front of me.
Depression isn't the only thing that causes suicide (although that is a common misconception). The facts are clear, suicide occurs as a result of impulsivity and hopelessness not depression or sadness. The best thing that you can do when you suspect someones has been affected by suicide or is contemplating suicide is to get them help. You can take them to the closest emergency room or you can contact the national suicide prevention hotline.
Even in a room filled with people that love you, you can feel alone, this is a universal feeling and a symptom that something is wrong. What can you do today to feel better about yourself tomorrow? If we can just take it one step at a time we can find our way out of the shadows.
Mindy McCready was a blessing to so many and there were so many that blessed her with love and appreciation including her two young children now left behind. Let's just get through today by recognizing our blessings and being a blessing to others and we will worry about tomorrow in our session OK?