Lately, you may have seen this statement: Have the conversation. It’s not a new concept, but there is a fundamental need to understand what is occurring in our world. People remain uneducated in knowing how to detect mental health issues, but also, it can be hard to detect. Detecting mental health issues are challenging from a few aspects. One challenge comes from the loved ones who sometimes ignore the signs. They don’t ignore them on purpose, but they carry the feeling of shame, guilt, and regret. And these feelings make people unwilling to talk about mental health. Another challenge radiates from within the person who suffers with mental health. People with a mental health issue, can be good at disguising it. They can also be unaware of it. They too carry shame and guilt in having to admit they have a mental health condition. “Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.”
People who commit suicide do not always have a long-term mental health issue. Suicidal thoughts can originate from a series of life changing events that can contribute to depression. A series of depressive events can evoke feelings of the inability to cope with the changes. Suicide is not associated with mental health all the time. There are a variety of factors for people committing suicide. Here are a few: financial stress, marital problems, and terminal illness. The suicidal thought patterns or reasoning also vary. Over the years, the research and push for mental health support has improved. Our society continues to need the resources to support this unsuspected killer. We need the resources to support having the conversations. Thus, our world needs to inform everyone through action that it is okay to have the conversation. Yet, any conversation should make people feel safe and respected. Furthermore, people should understand that conversations are not monologues and arguments. They are dialogues of either division, decisions, or progress. If you are not the one with the issue, then learn to talk less without judgement and listen more. Have conversations about everything.
“CDC Newsroom.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 June 2018, www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0607-suicide-prevention.html.