Windchimes

June 22, 2007

Choose Life

Filed under: Doodles, Blabs and Rants — didee @ 8:59 am

I usually have two modes of transportation on my way home from work. First would be to ride a jeepney, which would take me about 5 blocks from our house. Then i would ride a trisikad ( a bike with a sidecar) which for a P10 fare bring me safely to our place. Last night, while i was on my way home, i was wondering why there wasn’t a trisikad in sight. I waited for 15 minutes, and i thought this was already a long wait since the place is usually crowded with them. I tried walking about a block from my usual waiting area and i noticed that a lot of trisikad were parked near the bridge, and there was a huge crowed of people also gathered there.

Taas na kaayo akong intro, (My intro is getting long) LOL. I got curious (meaning nitukar ang pagkachismosa) and i asked one of the bystanders what the fuss was all about. He said that a guy jumped off the bridge. WHATTT! (harsh! harsh!). I didn’t stay to listen to what the police were discussing. It was really sad. Though i don’t know the person, but it’s a very sad way to die. Knowing the last sight you see is pile of garbage on a dry-dead river. And the last conscious effort you do is jumping off a bridge to end your life.

So this got me thinking about the statistics on suicide. And these are what i got.

Risk Factors for Suicide (from http://www.afsp.org)

Psychiatric Disorders. At least 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric illnesses — such as major depression, bipolar depression, or some other depressive illness, including:Schizophrenia, Alcohol or drug abuse, particularly when combined with depression, posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or some other anxiety disorder:Bulimia or anorexia nervousa, Personality disorders especially borderline or antisocial

Last time i checked i wasn’t antisocial nor schizophrenic. So I think I’m safe for now.

Past History of Attempted Suicide. Between 20 and 50 percent of people who kill themselves had previously attempted suicide. Those who have made serious suicide attempts are at a much higher risk for actually taking their lives.

I know a lot of people who made REALLY serious attempts. I better keep a close eye on them.

Generic Predisposition. Family history of suicide, suicide attempts, depression or other psychiatric illness.

Gee, so it’s a genetic thing. I should check up on my family tree if anyone died from suicide. Hope not.

Impulsivity. Impulsive individuals are more apt to act on suicidal impulses.

What?! I always have the tendency to be Impulsive and/or spontaneous. Does this mean…? OMG?!?! Wahahaha. Well, you guys got my back right? 🙂

Demographics.
Sex: Males are three to five times more likely to commit suicide than females.
Age: Elderly Caucasian males have the highest suicide rates.

Tsk tsk. Guys are really more likely to commit suicide. I guess this is from the fact that most guys would rather keep things to themselves rather than sharing it to friends or love ones. Then when they reach their threshold that’s when the unthinkable happens. 😦

Suicide Crisis is an occurrence which signals possible danger of suicide. The signs of crisis are :

Precipitating Event. A recent event that is particularly distressing such as loss of loved one or career failure. Sometimes the individuals own behavior precipitates the event: for example, a man’s abusive behavior while drinking causes his wife to leave him.

Intense Affective State in Addition to Depression. Desperation (anguish plus urgency regarding need for relief), rage, psychic pain or inner tension, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness, acute sense of abandonment.

Changes in Behavior. Speech suggesting the individual is close to suicide. Such speech may be indirect. Be alert to such statements as, “My family would be better off without me.” Sometimes those contemplating suicide talk as if they are saying goodbye or going away.

Actions ranging from buying a gun to suddenly putting one’s affairs in order.

Deterioration in Functioning at work or socially, increasing use of alcohol, other self-destructive behavior, loss of control, rage explosions.


I am not paranoid. I guess being aware of the signs lets us be more vigilant and proactive in the crisis of suicide. It’s a common denominator which any color, race, social status and gender can relate to.

And if you are in a crisis always remember to choose life. Your life. Ending your life shouldn’t be your last option. It should NEVER be an option. There are people who care. If you can’t talk to anyone, try talking to a stranger. Sometimes the answers we are looking for are given to us in unexpected ways and means.

And to end my two cents on this matter, a close relationship to Him up there is the strongest life rope one could hang on to.

Take care! Thanks for reading and visiting 🙂

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4 Comments »

  1. ug sa dihang blagir pud diay si dian! hehehehe mustamos!

    Comment by leylander — June 26, 2007 @ 2:20 am

  2. kyawa a! lingkod2x man sa may pond! hahaha

    Comment by leylander — June 26, 2007 @ 2:51 am

  3. leylander!!! 🙂 kuyawa naman anang pictyura oi.. pina shades pa.. nyahahaha 🙂

    kuyaw nman kay ka lan, makurat mn sa ta nmu hehehe 🙂

    magreunion n lng ta ani sa blog heehhehe

    Comment by didee — June 26, 2007 @ 3:00 am

  4. wahaha.. pasagdi n lng na maglingkod sa may pangpang, ugma maglutaw n sd na sa tubig hehehe 🙂

    Comment by didee — June 26, 2007 @ 3:01 am


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