It’s something no one should have to face.
Yet each year, millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 37,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made by their family members, friends or loved ones.
It’s a troubling trend that takes place close to home, too, and the pain felt by those loved ones is something Tricia Kyer is all too familiar with.
She attended a recent Marion County Commission meeting to address suicide, speaking from the personal experience of losing her son. He was one of 11 reported suicides in the county last year.
“As you can imagine, my life has been torn apart, and I cannot sit back and allow this to continue in our community and see another family endure the same pain,” she said.
So she’s doing something about it.
Kyer, with the help of Community Outreach for Mental Health Inc., is planning an event next month to help raise awareness about suicide, hoping to shed light on the issue. The event, scheduled Sept. 15 at the Woody Williams Armory, will feature numerous entertainers and activities throughout the day.
Certainly, the issue is something communities across the country must address. After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists suicide as the 11th leading cause of death among Americans. That makes it more prevalent than chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, hypertension or Parkinson’s disease.
And while suicide can affect anyone, some groups are at a higher risk than others. Men are four times more likely than women to die from suicide, although three times more women than men report attempting suicide. In addition, suicide rates are higher among middle-aged and older adults.
Several factors can put a person at risk for attempting or committing suicide. Risk factors include previous suicide attempts, a history of depression or other mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, a family history of suicide or violence, physical illness and feeling alone.
Knowing the warning signs — including changes in a person’s mood, diet or sleeping pattern — is a key part of prevention, so we are encouraged by the fact that Kyer is taking her personal tragedy and using it to help others. Her dedication might help save a life, thereby saving someone else from going through the same pain and suffering she has faced since her son’s death.
We’re also encouraged by the county commission’s support — the governing body has provided $1,500 to help cover the majority of the costs in renting the facility and for insurance to do so because, as Commissioner Randy Elliott said, “It’s a worthwhile event” — and we hope it causes more people to get involved.
Even though nothing will ever truly erase the devastation felt when a loved one takes his own life, knowing the community is on their side might help ease the pain and suffering faced by families that have been through such a tragic ordeal.
Suicide is something no one should have to face. But if they do find themselves dealing with the sudden death of a loved one, they shouldn’t have to face it alone.
It’s something no one should have to face.
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