Suicide Prevention

The World Health Organization has determined that there is a suicide committed worldwide every 40 seconds.  By the year 2020, that number will double to every 20 seconds. 

*Source https://www.befrienders.org/suicide-statistics

 Depression is the #1 reason behind suicides.

 THIS is why I write about depression.  It’s a lot more than just a “case of the blues”.  Much more.

Did you know that there are more than 9 different types of depression?

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Atypical Depression
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Situational Depression

These are just the ones I could find in a brief search.  There are more.  So let’s end the stigma, shall we?  Depression is an illness.  There is NO shame in having depression.  There is NO shame in talking about depression.

If you think you might be depressed, please TALK to someone.  Talk to a friend, a teacher, a priest, your doctor, SOMEONE.

If you have a friend or loved one that you think might be depressed, TALK to them.  Encourage them to seek help.  Go with them if necessary, to that doctor’s office or church, hold their hand.  BE there for them.  You may just save a life.

If you have a friend that has mentioned suicide, DON’T ignore it.  Talking about it is NOT harmless.  TALK to them.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone # is:  1-800-273-8255HERE is a link to many international phone #’s for Suicide Prevention. 

There IS help.  If you can’t get that friend or loved one to call, YOU call for them.  You may just save their life.

As always, thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny

About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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23 Responses to Suicide Prevention

  1. spawneedave says:

    Thank you Penny for highlighting depression. This is a subject close to my personal life, and also to my professional life. Let’s keep breaking down the barriers and stigma associated with getting help. It’s okay to not be okay! It’s okay to ask for help!

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    • Than you so much Dave! I love that you have a Tab on your home page about How to get help for Mental Illness! What a wonderful idea! I would very much like to copy your idea. Would you mind?
      Thank you kindly for the follow as well. I’ve followed you in kind and look forward to seeing more of your writings.

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  2. Reblogged this on Beckie's Mental Mess and commented:
    REBLOG: Penny of “Penny Wilson Writes” Shares this important message to those who suffer depression. Please read, and keep information on hand if not just for you, but for someone you know.

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  3. God Bless you, Penny. Great post that is much-needed to be shared!!! 💗

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  4. Reblogged this on A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and commented:
    Each of us during our journeys walks mind in mind with mental health daily. We all need to be equally aware to the downsides as we are to the upsides.

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  5. Bravo Penny, kudos to you – you know my feelings on this subject – it simply isn’t addressed in the right light enough – it is stigmatized by a society who mostly prefer to ostracize it to the depths of hell itself. Depression isn’t taboo, every body has mental health, both good and bad.

    Great post.

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  6. Well done Penny for continuing to bring attention to MH issues. As a long-time sufferer of depression, I know how debilitating it can be. Thanks for reminding everyone about this hidden killer.

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  7. Depression is such a terrible thing, Penny. I am not a sufferer myself by my sister is.

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  8. Thank you, Penny, for continuing to address mental health issues. Education and awareness are vital, along with understanding and compassion. Your insightful words add to the discussion and truly make a difference.

    Today I honor the memory of Carl, the eldest son of a friend. Carl took his life one year ago today at the age of 32. He was my eldest daughter’s classmate and friend. I pray today for peace and comfort for Carl’s family as they remember him.

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