Isn’t it Time to Talk?

Webster’s definition of an epidemic:

  1. 1 :  affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time <typhoid was epidemic>

  2. 2 a :  excessively prevalent b :  contagious 4 <epidemic laughter>

  3. 3 :  characterized by very widespread growth or extent :  of, relating to, or constituting an epidemic <the practice had reached epidemic proportions>

Webster’s definition of a pandemic:

  1. :  occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population <pandemic malaria>

The statistics around depression, and particularly suicide are, in my opinion, at a catastrophic level.  It is mind blowing to me that this is not a topic of conversation on a regular basis throughout our society. 

Here are just a few of those statistics that I’m referring to:

  • In 2014, the number of deaths by suicide in the US was 42,773. (CDC)
  • There is one death by suicide in the US every 12.3 minutes. (CDC)
  • There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds. (WHO)
  • For every suicide (12.3 minutes) in the US, there are 25 attempts. (CDC)
  • Suicide costs the US $44 billion annually. (AFSP)

Is this not clearly an epidemic?  A pandemic?  And this isn’t a public topic of conversation on a regular basis????

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