Suicide Prevention: The Facts, Myths, and Resources 

Mckalah Jimenez, Writer

We all do not like to talk about a serious issue such as Suicide during our day or even at any time. Suicide is not a game or a joke: it’s a sad way to end your life on this planet. So many people, young and old, just taking their lives because no one believes their cries for help. Those who love to criticize “suicidal people” thinks it is only for “attention” and they just “want to be in the spotlight.” It is not for attention or to be in the spotlight, that’s is where many people have gone wrong.  

From the American Suicide Foundation Program, suicide is another way to die, however, this method is mainly for those who feel “worthless” and see life as “not worth living”. The rates of suicide have been skyrocketing since 2018, where 48,344 Americans died by suicide in the U.S. There was an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts in 2018. The daily amount of suicides or attempts are 132. That is a lot of people, good or bad, taking their lives way too early. From most doctors, mainly Dr. Radocovik from Fresno County’s Behavioral Mental Health believes  “So many children, even at the age of ten, are taking their lives these days and it is so sad to watch them just submerge into the darkness of it all.” Dr. Diana Radocovik is a Phycologist who prescribes children and teens, ages 11-18, medicine for depression, suicidal ideations, anxiety, OCD, ODD, and many more mental illnesses. “I get so many patients that have the look of despair, the feeling of worthlessness, and their body looks fine, but you can tell that in their mind that they aren’t.”, states Dr. Radocovik during an interview.  

Then, for the those who are adults, they take medications, classes, and so much more to help them with their emotions. The actual percentage of most adults either committing suicide or attempt to is 84%