Don't do it, please ...

Don't do it, please ...
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You may have it all set up already and about to do it, be it a gun, a knife, handful of pills or whatever; I ask you to please don’t do it. You may think that is the only solution for your problems but it is not; everybody thinks that one’s problems are the biggest and most complex of all. Rest assured that nobody is problem free and only you decide the magnitude of your problems.

I will not preach the views of Muslims, Jews and Christians on suicide, because you already know it, but I will remind you that killing is a big thing for every faith, no difference between killing self or others, while you think that suicide will end your misery, it in fact will start it. You’ll learn it when it’s too late; your body is material ride for your soul. Think of death as a permanent sleep. No matter how big your problems are, they’re nothing compared to the problem you were about to start. Unlike any other problem you have now, the problem of suicide is eternal and infinite.

So don’t do it. Take a little time and things will get better; that’s a promise because good times never last, but bad times never last either.

2017 suicide statistics

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, almost 800,000 people die from suicide every year. In 2015, it accounted for almost 1.5% of worldwide deaths, making it the 17th leading cause of death throughout that year.

It is the second leading cause of death among those 15 to 29 years old, and the 10th leading cause of overall death in the United States. The leading cause of death in the 15-29 age group is road traffic injuries and accidents.

That's more than one person a minute and almost 130 suicides per day. Most suicides are committed or attempted by firearms. 

And there are many more failed attempts than those 800,000 who succeed. It's estimated that, for every successful suicide, there are about 25 unsuccessful attempts.

Suicide isn't just an issue for high-income countries. In fact, in 2015, almost 80% of suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries. In the US, the most suicides were committed in Wyoming, followed by Alaska, then Montana, then New Mexico.

In the United States in 2016, 7 out of 10 suicides were committed by white males. The suicide rate is highest in middle age for white males.

Suicide is never the answer.

If you or someone you know is experiencing feelings of hopeless, helplessness, and thoughts of death, please consult the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Here you can find free, confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals, healthcare or otherwise (suicidepreventionlifeline.org). They are available 24/7.

Anybody could be struggling with suicide, no matter who they are or what group they belong to. Visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline's website for more information on specific groups, such as people who are disaster survivors, loss survivors, and the deaf, among others.