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World Suicide Prevention Day

When I first walked into the rooms of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, one thing rang true: that it was possible to move on from the past and start fresh. The past doesn’t have to define me; but a lot of times, I let it define me. Today, you might turn on the radio and hear nothing special, or you might turn on the television and see nothing but the average news that is playing every day. Now today may not be full of advertisements and cheer that we so regularly see on a holiday, but it is a holiday. Today is a celebration; it is World Suicide Prevention Day. The World Health Organization released the statistics for 2012, and the numbers are shocking: there were a total of over 800,000 suicides reported. 800,000 lives are lost each year to suicide. Suicide isn’t selfish; the fact that they think that suicide…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is September 10, 2013, and for those of you who do not know, it is World Suicide Prevention day. I remember sitting in math class as a child and debating large numbers with fellow students. What came before infinity? 1,000,000. It is an extremely large and staggering number. It is also the approximation of the number of suicidal deaths that happen in the world each YEAR. That averages out to a suicide happening every 40 seconds in the world. To bring it a little closer to home, about 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year, which is more than the number of homicides. Two things have been consistent in my life from age 12, up until about 10 months ago: a crippling active drug addiction as well as depression and thoughts of suicide. Now I never really put the two together when I think about it. However a study done…

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