I have often pondered what it is that makes people so desperately sad that the decision to end their own life seems like a viable option. Of course those ponderings came forward again with the announcement that Richard Jeni dies in apparent suicide.
In Jeni’s case the suicide has not been confirmed, but it is still troubling to contemplate. I mean nobody (or very few) were all that surprised when Brittney reportedly tried it recently (though those claims are now being questioned). As parent’s we are always concerned for our children’s safety… usually from outside dangers. Those dangers are easier to quantify and in most cases guard against. And a quick look at the numbers put out by the National Institute of Mental Health do nothing to alleviate my concerns. In this report, it shows suicide as the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. overall, the 5th leading cause in 5 – 14 year olds, and 3rd in 15-24 year olds. and the third leading cause of death in the age groups that range from 10 to 24. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the U.S. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute.
Stop and look at those numbers again. They have statistics for children as young as 5 years old that are victims of suicide. I admittedly find that hard to believe myself, as I question the mental capacity of a 5 year old to fully understand the ramifications of suicide, and would tend to believe that deaths at that age are more of an accident than actual suicide. But I have no knowledge or expertise to back that up, so I will defer to those that do.