Over the past week, we've been highlighting the Paralympics in RIO and the inspiring stories that make people strive to overcome adversity. On World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, we focus on those who struggle to continue on. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year and suicide rates are highest in the Spring. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes and each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people. Suicide could affect anyone and thoughts of suicide differ from person to person.
Even famous individuals are affected by suicide. The reason why is unknown, but one underappreciated post-impressionist perished from a wound infection caused by a suicide attempt two days prior. That man was the now-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. Throughout his life, van Gogh grappled with both mental and physical illnesses. Still, he was able to produce some of the world’s most brilliant and recognizable works of art. Van Gogh lived a constant struggle yet still created a remarkable collection of paintings. Sadly, at the age of 37, van Gogh’s portfolio and much more importantly, his life, were cut short.
Here at the National Telecommuting Institute, we hope to spread Suicide and Mental Health Awareness so we can, in turn, increase Suicide Prevention. Van Gogh did not live to see the success of his own work. Think of what could have happened if he continued on? This tragedy is not universal. Individuals with mental illnesses, suffer from depression or PTSD can lead functional and meaningful lives. If you are feeling depressed and considering suicide, please seek help. There can always be a tomorrow for yourself and for the people who care about you. Once you find support and stability, NTI can help individuals with disabilities get back into the workplace. Learn more about our non-profit and how we can make a difference in your life at www.nticentral.org/learnmore
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