Light up the world
不仅在我国 实际上就全世界来说 自杀都是死亡的主要原因
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in our country and actually in the world,
and yet it’s largely preventable.
It has been trending up in terms of our national rate of suicide over the last decade or so.
It had trended down prior to that.
So we’re at a place now where we really want to make a difference; we want to use the methods
that we know can work to lower the suicide rate and allow those who are struggling to
get the help that they need.
Mental health problems play a significant role for suicide risk.
In fact if you had to pick out one of the many risk factors that tend to come together
to create suicide, mental health problems could be called actually a necessary but not
significant factor in place.
In greater than 90 percent of cases of suicide, as shown in the research, there is a diagnosable
mental health condition at play, whether or not it was diagnosed or treated.
Now, many other factors then lay on top of that to rise up to create an imminent risk
对绝望的感觉犹如火上浇油 但另一方面 也正是
for that sense of desperation, hopelessness but then also the thought and the planning
and the ability to act on those suicidal impulses.
It is really important to note that white males in their middle age account for about
70 percent of the death toll from suicide each year.
事实上 十年来 自杀率相较于我们的人口来说
And in fact over the last decade, the rate of suicide for that part of our population
went up the most, it went up almost 30 percent.
You can think about things like they are just as prone to mental health problems as any
心理健康问题倾向的人们一样 然而 坦白地讲
other segment of society, and yet they might be some of the folks in our society who are
总体上 男性并不像女性那样频繁的寻求药物治疗 同时 由于社会准则的存在
the least willing or able to seek help because of the social norms and frankly because men
don’t seek medical care as frequently as women do in general,
let alone when it comes to mental health factors.
One other factor that’s really important to understand is that for the baby boomer generation,
that group as a cohort starting many decades ago actually had already shown an increased
心理健康问题 比如自杀 嗜瘾及其他心理问题 而且这个风险还在不断增长
risk for mental health problems and suicide, addictions and other psychosocial problems.
Ten years ago, within the suicide prevention world, which is a pretty specialized world,
there were very limited activities going on on a grassroots level.
There were some and it was largely families who had lost a loved one suicide.
In our organization, for example, we went from a few people banning together to over
150,000 people walking, speaking out about their experience of even lived experience
of having lived through suicidal thinking or attempts.
That level of awareness raising and sort of shedding of the stigma is one of the signs
of just the changing times and the readiness and the desire to make an impact on suicide.