Monday, December 8, 2014

Mental Health: Suicide And Suicidal Thoughts: No One Is Immune


Mental Health: Suicide And Suicidal Thoughts: 
No One Is Immune 

Mental health issues are a serious problem in Canada, the United States and other western nations. In the 20th century and even in the early part of the 21st century there seems to be a stigma attached to individuals who say " I go through periods of depression. There are times when I can't even get out of bed to face the day." or " I was so stressed that I would cry and cry and cry before I got to the office. I would have to sit in my car for 15 minutes before I got the courage to walk to the elevator."

If you talk to health professionals these stories are not uncommon. And they are stories that are told not by some stranger but in confidence by your; spouse, siblings, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. People, who realize that something in their life is just not right and that they need to reach out and ask for help - help to put their life back into balance before it's too late!

For some, they are able to get the necessary treatment and escape the pain; to once again enjoy the fruits of a full and rewarding life. For others the path is different. They continue on a very slow downward spiral where noticeable changes in behavior are acknowledged by those closes to them, i.e. withdrawal, isolationism and a deterioration in hygiene. etc.. For this group and for others - those who are able to mask the pain and suffering - the ending of their life by suicide nevertheless becomes a shock to those closest to them; their family, friends and co workers. 

In our society no group is immune from this deadly phenomena. From preteens to the elderly, from low income earners to high income earners, from blue collar workers to white collars workers we are all susceptible. 



It is unfortunate, but as a society with a fixation on "quickness", i.e. drive through windows, fast food restaurants, and even communication; when have you last received a text or email from someone under 20 with complete words? The kings language now seems to be destined to that of the uneducated or common folk. And it seems that the medical solution for this problem lies in the "quick fix:;" a masking of the problem as opposed to dealing with the core / or the real issues. For many the solution to their problem lies in an increase in alcohol consumption, the use of illegal substances, the abuse of prescription painkillers - substances that are all very addictive and which can only add to the problem as opposed to providing the solution they are seeking.


A Message From Dr. Dahl, the founder and CEO of Life Choice 

Addictions are increasing at an alarming rate, marijuana use is up and so is alcohol, more females are drinking and a 7% increase in smoking than before. Overall cigarettes smoking is reported to be lower but that is not the truth, the number of cigarette smokers worldwide has increased due to population growth, and according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the UW. It is my belief that the cigarette smokers are still smoking just as they were before and perhaps in a different method, an increase of electronic cigarettes which still carry the nicotine is on the increase and marijuana smoking is also steadily increasing.

We have a crisis on our hands in all sectors of society.

The underlying issue still remains, the people are not happy and are looking at external means in order to compensate for something missing deep within. Drugs will never satisfy the emptiness they only work to temporarily forget the despair.

Lives today are out of line and need order, a realignment is needed through proper nutrition, natural medicine, and a caring hand with lots of love, and without judgment. The cure can’t be prescribed or found on the street, it runs so  much deeper than that. As the rates continue to increase and as the media coverage shows the despair it would seem that society is just as lost or unwilling to provide a collective remedy. If it ever were to really be tackled it would mean a complete overhaul to what we are now doing, and I don’t think they are willing to write that sort of a prescription.  



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