This week is suicide prevention week, and I have some thoughts on the issue, so why not write about it?
A number of years ago, not that many, just a few, the phrase “suicide is 100% preventable” entered our lexicon. I don’t know how, or why, or from where, but I think it does a major disservice to survivors and the mental health community.
First, how about we look at some facts!
Suicide is often paired with mental illness, including substance abuse, at about a 90% clip. Pretty staggering. But that also means that 10% of people who off themselves are not mentally ill or abusing substances.