Tag Archive | teens

World Suicide Prevention Day

Spread the word, help end the stigma, you can save a life. September 10th – World Suicide Prevention Day

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How We Die ~ Age 15 to 49

Suicide is the #1 cause of death for ages 15 to 49 in America

Suicide – How to Save Yourself

The closest I ever came to committing suicide involved holding a loaded gun to my head. It was a few weeks after my fiancée, Dan, had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. When my finger touched the trigger, it was pure exhilaration. There was no sadness, no despair, no darkness. It was pure joy. When I began to increase the pressure on the trigger, everything that had ever been in my life just opened up and fell away from me.

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What if We Treated All Illness Like we Treat Mental Illness?

Please do you part to help end the stigma of mental illness. It is just as serious, deadly, and caused by conditions outside the control of the sufferer – as cancer, asthma, or heart attack. People with mental illness do not have a “mental condition”. They have a physical condition which causes symptoms that manifest as “mental”. Just like Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other disorder of the brain. Thank you.

In Case You Don’t Think Fathers are as Important as Mothers

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In the US, children from fatherless homes account for:

  • 63% of youth suicides (Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Census)
  • 71% of pregnant teenagers (Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services)
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children
  • 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: US Dept of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988)
  • 85% of all children that exhibit behavioural disorders (Source: Centre for Disease Control)
  • 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger (Source: Criminal Justice and Behaviour, Vol 14, p 403-26, 1978).
  • 71% of all high school dropouts (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools)
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centres (Source: Rainbows for All God’s Children)
  • 85% of all youth sitting in prisons (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia, Jail Populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers and father figures out there! You help make our children strong.

You don’t have to be a biological father to make an impact in a child’s life. Sometimes the strongest male role models are not our “father”. To all those men, a special note of thanks.