• Jo Rust

I've survived 8 suicide attempts

**Trigger Warning**

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

Some facts you should know about suicide.

Before Covid-19, a person would take their own life, somewhere in the world, every 60 seconds. Since 2020, those numbers have increased by over 30% to a person taking their own life every 40 seconds in 2021. More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year. And the numbers are climbing. On average, men are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Though in teens, females are at greater risk. One-third of hospital admissions for suicide attempts involve teens. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24 years.


There's no way of denying that suicide is a pertinent issue on a global scale. The sad reality is that, although suicide is a very treatable and preventable condition, we're still lightyears away from adequate education and treatment options being available to the general public. Apart from that, the general negative attitude and stigmatization of mental illness is, in my opinion, greatly due to a lack of education, and in turn, true understanding among the general populous. This is slowly changing as there are more policies, treatment options, and campaigns being implemented worldwide. Though, again, we're lightyears away from where we need to be. Mental health education and treatment is a basic human right. And considering the staggering statistics of people suffering from mental ill-health, big change is needed.


Suicide is a silent killer. It's a silent killer because we don't talk about it. We don't talk about it because it's considered taboo. Though the only way we can raise more awareness for the prevention of suicide is to talk about it. Suicide doesn't discrimi