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(NEW YORK) — Charonda Johnson, a 39-year-old African American former combat veteran, found it difficult to grieve after her father passed away unexpectedly from COVID-19 at the age of 62.
“I never really thought of my dad dying,” Johnson said. “I could not process that thought. It literally sent me into hyperventilation.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, she wasn’t even allowed at his bedside
Suicide rates are high and have only been increasing over the years. Over 800,000 people die all over the world by suicide each year. A proportion of the suicides are murder suicides resulting in additional loss of life. Attempts at suicide occur more frequently and we have about one million suicide attempts occurring each year.
Suicide is a heart-breaking problem that is growing and needs to be addressed in as many ways as is possible. Understanding the risk factors, knowing the warning signs and what to do about them, is a crucial step. The more the awareness the greater the impact on suicide prevention.
Feeling low? Wondering if you have depression? And if so, what you can do about it?
According to the CDC, 1 out of every 6 adults will experience depression during their lifetime. In the US, it will affect around 16 million Americans yearly.
But depression is not simply the emotions you get when you have a bad day. Or the result of feeling down. It goes beyond transitory feelings of sadness and grief. Experts state that bouts of depression can be recurring or can last for weeks at a time.
Getting people to talk about their mental health and emotions has always been difficult.
Getting people to be open, receptive and vulnerable to participate in therapeutic services has proven to be even more of a challenge, especially in the African-American community.
While we can stop and ponder at that statement, I prefer to set a challenge for those seeking help and those able to provide help, to develop a plan to take action and move one step closer to seeking solutions, guidance and becoming more informed.
On Monday I was honored to speak to the graduating students at Arizona State University. It was an intimidating occasion. A.S.U. is the most innovative university in the world. Plus, there were 35,000 people in the football stadium.
Anybody speaking to college students these days is aware of how hard it is to be a young adult today, with rising rates of depression, other mental health issues, even suicide.
10 Early Signs of Depression You Shouldn’t Ignore
Depression is extremely common but that doesn’t make it easy to detect. In fact, most people who have it have family and friends that aren’t aware. And this makes the condition a lot harder to deal with.
You know when you see those three text dots and you feel panicked?
Recently I was in knots waiting for someone to reply to a request I had made. This was a different kind of request than I usually make. This was for more than I usually ask for. This request was a stretch, a dream.
Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.