Tripled suicide rate begs healthier childrearing, kinder society
Dear Readers: Last week we shared warning signs, risk factors and preventatives of suicide. I hope today’s true stories of this “silent” epidemic — whose rate has tripled since 1965 — inspire needed change. —Lauren
Editor's Note: Please click HERE to be taken to last week's column to read or re-read the warning signs, risk factors and preventatives for suicide.
Not all suicides are preventable.... but the more we are educated, the more we can help others feel valued and welcome on this planet and the more we can "normalize" mental health care and learn that it's okay to ask and seek help for mental issues.
I also hope it influences soon-to-be parents, current parents, and society to change their priorities and support the vital importance of childhood. The human is the most sensitive of all mammalian creatures and truly needs a long, warm, low-stress infancy and childhood securely-attached to warm loving parent figures and protected from stupefying influences in order to emerge into adolescence and adulthood intact as a strong healthy individual able to immerse into and handle today’s multiple stressors. There’s no Band-Aid or quick “fix” that replaces this. I can state from my own experience, that raising children like this is also a joy and easy compared to the mainstream way. —Lauren