A Problem So Small, An Issue So Big


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A black and white photo of a pill bottle, with pills spilling out of the container.

Disclaimer: This article involves sensitive topics such as self-harm and suicide. Reader discretion is highly advised. If you or someone you know needs help, contact the proper authorities. 

A womb, a child, a heart, a brain, a hope, a single breath. All goes into a single page of the book we all know as life. Each of these things go into the writing of our book. A childhood memory, a first love, the best idea that’s ever come to mind. A single breath taken— that was life changing. Changing one memory in  life is impossible, but erasing all  memories is. George Sand believes that “We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can burn the whole book.” People commit suicide for many reasons, many parents lose their child to this every year. Many people throw it all away to end the pain. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. Sabrina Tavernise, a writer for the New York Times, says “Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years…”

Suicide: ending a temporary problem permanently. A problem so small, a rumor so big. A problem so small, a family death so impactful. A problem so small, NO means NO— but it isn’t always heard. A problem so small, yet sexual assault is still one of the leading causes of suicide. Rape, Mental illness, and eating disorders. All reasons people decide suicide is the best option for them. While many think that, overcoming these societal plagues is possible too. However, for others, the step of overcoming is too big. Rape is known as one of the hardest things anybody could ever try to overcome. Sexual assault rates have spiked since the 1900’s. A trauma like this could impact a person’s everyday, personal, mental, and overall life. Mental illness, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, and depression. Depression is not always in a diagnosis, it presents differently in everyone and affects people in many different ways. People commit suicide out of pure guilt and feeling unwanted. Kassidy Garcia (14), suicide survivor states, “I made this decision because I felt like I didn’t matter and that I was just a disappointment in everyone’s eyes…I dug myself into a deep, dark hole and couldn’t get myself out of it…until all I had left was sadness and depression to fall back on.” In a suicidal person’s mind, there are so many reasons for death, in a person’s mind without these thoughts, there are so many reasons for life. Eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia, both have an outcome of being too skinny. Nowadays, skinny is a trend, but not in these ways. Anorexia and bulimia can be caused by many things. They can also lead to many things, such as suicide.

Life: an incredible, unexplainable thing. Everyone gets to experience life. Whether that experience is good or bad, long or short, happy or sad. Everybody wants the good over bad, long over short, happy over sad. Unfortunately, many people receive bad over good, and sad over happy, which leads to short lives over long. What’s supposed to be a good experience is turned around. When everything turns back on someone, when everything good goes bad, when every hope and dream is crushed, so is the thought process. Turning good to unbearably horrific leads to people turning to suicide. Suicide is never a first resort— it is a last and final resort. Ending the pain, all together, forever. The way to take a problem and make it disappear. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, over 44,000 people commit suicide per year in the United States. Sabrina Tavernise states “The increases were so widespread that they lifted the nation’s suicide rate to 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986” (The New York Times). Suicide is a big issue and shouldn’t be pushed aside.

Decision: weighing all available options. It is easy to feel completely trapped when stress and sadness are weighing someone down, which also clouds judgement. When life keeps throwing problems at people, it is hard to look at the situation clearly and analyze the options. It can seem as though the only way out of the problems is to escape them, metaphorically or literally. Once someone has made the decision to seek help instead of ending their life, the road to recovery can be easy. There are many options for help, such as therapy and medication. Simply making the decision to meet a therapist for the first time can provide someone with guidance and make the path they need to take clear. Call a suicide hotline or a program such as Safe To Tell. There are ways to make this decision. Think carefully.

Reminder: it will be okay. When someone hits rock bottom, when all they have to rely on is a pack of razors, when their only resort is death…they need remember a time, way back when, they wanted to be alive. Remember what was forgotten, remember that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, remember that pi = 3.14159. Just sit, and remember, all the reasons to stay on this earth. Just remember a time when the want to live outweighed the want to stop living. Think about the baby picture that everyone has from the day they were born. Everyone is a beautiful human on this earth. The earth that Einstein once lived on, the earth that Rosa Parks walked, the earth that Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Kim Kardashian live on. We live here. We walk here. We impact here. Before someone turns to the razors, the rope, the gun, the pills…take a minute to think.

For help:
-Go to https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-8255