Here we go

August 11, 2017

I know this post is late but couldn’t decide between two very
different stories. One was straight forward and featured a few
upcoming events that we will be attending and the other about
suicide. So I took the bull by the tail, faced the situation,
and chose the later.

After reading an article about the recent death of a smoke
jumper I admitted to being confused. Said article mentioned the
firefighters’ name but not cause of death. Then when I got to the
bottom of article there were 3 links that were all about suicide.

I was surprised when reading another article that mentioned 1
million people worldwide commit suicide every year and the
smokejumper was the 5th suicide in 7 years, of smokejumpers.
Knowing these are people that jump out of planes into remote
areas of our country to be the first line of defense against
wild fires it was a shock.

So rather than talk of the right or wrong of suicides a link
will be provided to an article about suicide prevention. It
covers all the bases, and is lengthy, yet talks of everything
from understanding suicide, to risk factors, to a list of
suicide prevention hotlines.

If we learn the warning signs and know how to respond quickly
while offering help a life may be saved. Here is a link to the
Suicide Prevention article.

Enjoy our friday. Now I have to find a pizza with my name on
it.
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Everyone should know these numbers

September 8, 2016

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This little birdie with an attitude reminded that I had
omitted one event taking place this month that is true to
my heart. So to keep the bird happy and to ensure I can
sleep tonight it must be stated that September is Suicide
Awareness Month.

Don’t know about anyone else but we are tired of reading
and article, or obituary, which at some point mentions
“lost their battle with PTSD”. Soldier/Veteran suicides
are at an all time high and that is not acceptable.

So if you know someone who is in need of help, or if you
yourself need help please call one of the following
hotline numbers and get help before it’s too late.

Military Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

Military OneSource 1-800-342-9647

DSTRESS (Marine to Marine) 1-87476-7734

CEAP (Civilian Employee Assistance Program)
at 1-844-366-2327 Internationally 1-866-829-0270

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-784-8433

Depression Hotline 1-630-482-9696

Please seek help, we don’t want to lose you.
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Smart cat

January 18, 2016

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I was talking to Mogwai, the wife’s newest cat when out
of the blue he asked me an intelligent question. He asked
if gun control would really stop suicides in our country.

After pondering the idea, and doing some research I told
him that I didn’t believe it would have any effect on the
rate of suicides.

Isn’t suicide illegal in some parts of our land already?
So if enacting a law hasn’t stopped it how could
enacting more?

They have jumped here since 1999, and guns figure in
57% of them, but I don’t think gun control would do
any more to stop suicides than it would with violence.
Hanging is the next most common suicide at 40% for
men, while women seem to prefer overdoses. And even
though our suicide has risen, we are no where near the
country with the highest rate.

In other countries hanging, poisoning, jumping off
tall buildings, drugs, and even firearms are used to
do the deed. Guyana has the worst suicide rate at
around 43 suicides per 100,000.

Here the rate is around 12 per 100,000. The list of
countries can be found here.
This seemed to satisfy Mogwai, but he still a look
that told this wasn’t over.

He wanted to know why people would do such a thing.
And I had nothing. The subject just doesn’t come up
unless you follow politics, or have an agenda, or
both.

My personal thoughts on the subject are that the
politicians cause suicides. You are certainly
welcome to your beliefs on the matter. And don’t
blame me for a morbid post, Mogwai started it.
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Crying shame

June 10, 2015

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The numbers should be sobering for every true
American. At a rate of almost one an hour veterans
are committing suicide. This should not be
happening on our watch.

But it gets worse. Did you know that the suicide
rate rate for female veterans age 18-29 is almost
12 times higher than the rate for non-veteran
women? It is said the reason for these statistics
is that while women attempt suicide more often
than men civilian women don’t use guns.

So what does our suicide rate look like? Based on
100,000 population and among people who have never
served in the military the rate for women is 5.2.
For men the rate is 20.9.

Among veterans the numbers get crazy. Again, per
100,000 population, 28.7 for women and 32.1 for
men.

This data is based on a study of all 173,969
adult suicides, male and female, vets and non-vets,
in 23 states between 2,000 and 2,010. During that
time 40,571 male veterans and 2,637 female veterans
killed themselves.

The Department of Veterans Affairs states that
female vets between the ages of 18-29 are 11.5
times more likely to commit suicide than non-vet
women of the same age. The male vet age 18-29 is
4.7 times more likely to commit suicide than their
non-vet counterparts.

Yet nobody knows why this is happening or offering
a solution? You don’t have to believe us, go to the
LA Times and see for yourself.
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