In times like these, we all need more love and ‘unconditional love’ which is the ultimate.  For the next months, I will give my thoughts with facts on the suicidal rage:

(1 ) STATS for WHY so widespread;  (2) WHO are the vulnerable; (3) WHAT to be aware of, (4) HOW to eradicate these

And with each episode, I will give a personable view with sincere hopes that these articles may ‘reach out and touch’ to save a precious life.

Suicide in the U.S.are rising, experts say, and the coronavirus pandemic may be to blame.

Some of the factors which users (increase a person’s suicide risk are:

> PRIOR suicide attempt.

>Feelings of HOPELESSNESS.

> Chronic terminal illness.

>Substance abusers (intoxicated with something)

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 47.500 people.  For people between the ages of 35 and 44.  It was the fourth leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 to 35.  It was the second, right behind intentional injury.  

Like you, we have been shocked even on a local level of the mental illnesses…for so many of the ‘signs’ are NOT recognizable….. THINK:  who would have thought that folks of all​ ages and backgrounds who appear by their families/pears were having dismal thoughts of taking their lives.  Next month, we will go in-depth about the visible and the hidden signs.  Frankly, I still

am shocked of one sign being the   ‘PERFECTIONIST’…the person, particularly the young who are so focused on ‘not missing a beat; the straight ‘A’ student who is not just ‘brainy’ but praised for his/her outstanding ‘talents’ which are admirable.  

Be informed of the media’s latest factual updates, read every book, and magazine, attend seminars and above all…be OBSERVANT   of those around you compare their previous behaviors that have changed drastically, call it being ‘nosy’ and don’t hesitate to have BLUNT conversations…BE INFORMED. HELP  SAVE  THESE LIVES…ALWAYS…ANYWHERE.

Presently I can name at least 12 individuals in our ‘village’ who have lost all HOPE and are no longer here. ‘LET’S DO SOMETHING’

Stay tuned for more details…..( ‘Episode 3)

Brenda M. Jelks-Hutchinson









More information is available here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/suicide/


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