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Endometriosis Awareness Month: Suicide Prevention


In the past, I have written many posts about the topic of suicide and about the frequency with which people search phrases like “endometriosis and suicide” before landing on my blog.

Endochick recently wrote this post: Why we need awareness #3.

While the three hour sampling of searches mentioned in that post did not include any about the topic of suicide, I know from talking with Endochick that her blog gets daily traffic on the topic, as does mine.

Worldwide Hotlines:
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International Association for Suicide Prevention


Since it is Endometriosis Awareness Month and multiple blogs get daily traffic on “endometriosis and suicide”, I decided that an important part of blogging for Endometriosis Awareness Month is to cover this topic.

In the United States:
Just click…


There is more information about suicide HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Here is the story of an endometriosis patient who died:


Finally, I wrote about suicide prevention in general HERE after taking an informative class on suicide alertness.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, I urge you to contact one of the hotlines listed above. Please click the graphic above that pertains to your geographical area.

For more information on creating endometriosis awareness, please click below. Awareness is vital and help is available for those having thoughts of suicide. Please help us spread awareness about this serious illness.

Thank you!


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4 comments

1 endochickNo Gravatar { 03.14.11 at 1:56 pm }

Jeannie,

This is a very sensitive topic for many, as we know. When this search term first appeared on my blog, I was concerned. But seeing the trend of daily hits from nearly every country, that is beyond alarming. Thank you for once again writing about this delicate topic and publishing these links and numbers.

2 Laura HegfieldNo Gravatar { 03.15.11 at 1:47 pm }

Living with chronic pain/illness of any kind must increase suicidal thoughts. It is so important that you posted this Jeanne, thank you. It can be lonely and frightening to feel trapped in a body that is hurting/misfunctioning continuously.

3 Jenny H.No Gravatar { 03.15.11 at 3:24 pm }

It’s very sad to me that endometriosis patients are depressed enough to contemplate taking their lives. Thank you for providing your readers with resources, Jeanne. I believe that putting it out there into the universe really can save someone’s life…

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 03.16.11 at 10:09 am }

Endochick:

I absolutely agree with you. It is quite alarming to see such search strings land on my blog on a daily basis. I know you see the same type of searches on your blog. My hope is that by increasing awareness about this topic and providing resources for people to reach trained professionals, we might help someone find the assistance they need.

It is definitely concerning to see daily searches on this topic. It is a sensitive topic but one that really needs to be discussed.

The stigma and other barriers that prevent people from seeking help need to be addressed.

Thank you for everything you have written on this topic. I know it’s not an easy one to write about but it is very important.

Laura:

Thank you for your thoughtful comment. It can indeed be frightening to feel trapped in a body that is in continuous pain (not to mention other symptoms).

I have looked high and low about statistics regarding chronic illness and suicide. The results yielded from this searching might not necessarily be what one would expect exactly.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): Facts and Figures

“Research has shown that 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death, most often unrecognized or untreated depression”.

This statistic is cited by a number of organizations that advocate for suicide prevention and it was mentioned (emphasized, actually) in the suicide alertness class that I took as well.

For example, SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) cited a similar statistic.

According to the instructor of the suicide alertness class I took, this statistic was arrived at based on the results of psychological autopsies.

When there is a chronic illness, it is not uncommon for the patient to have co-existing depression. I believe far more attention needs to be paid to this topic.

It concerns me when I see such a high volume of people searching on phrases such as “endometriosis and suicide”. As Endochick mentioned, such searches come from all over the world. There are a fair number of people out there performing such searches. It’s quite troubling.

Jenny:

It’s very sad to me too. It really upsets me that in 2011, the options for treating endometriosis are still so lacking. It really bothers me that there is still such a huge delay for the average endometriosis patient from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis. It bothers me that there are scammers who prey on endometriosis patients.

My hope is that by bringing the topic of suicide out into the open, it will enable people who need help to access needed resources. Having encountered numerous patients who have had thoughts of suicide, I think it’s imperative to post suicide prevention hotline/crisis hotline information. You never know who might come across it and need it.

I know that you talked on another post about how suicide awareness campaigns in your geographical area have helped immensely in reducing the rates of suicide. I do believe that making people aware of resources that have trained professionals available 24/7 for free can make a difference!

~~~

Jeanne

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