A story in the Wall St Journal this morning suggests that suicides are on the rise.
Historically, suicide rates have risen with unemployment. A 1% increase in a state’s unemployment rate causing a 1.3% increase in the number of self-inflicted deaths.
It’s estimated that this year, 630,000 Americans will kill themselves. And 1.1 million adult Americans will try.
And the historical data suggests, there is more to come. The highest rate of suicide following the Great Depression came in 1932, three years after the economic collapse.
All of us have been affected profoundly by the economic reorganization of these last two years. Living through an epoch comes with a high price. Part of which is the emotional impact of no longer feeling in control.
Despair develops over time. And usually as the result of a series of actions and events that individually seem of minimal importance. And worse, tolerable.
But once the hole has been dug, it’s difficult to escape. And for some impossible.
I have seen this in my personal life with a family member. And in my professional life, with too many businesses.
In every case, I have come to learn that the best cure is prevention. Raising our consciousness of what we can and cannot live with.
Which is easier to write than to live through.
But learning there is a choice is the first step.
'Cause suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
...and you can do the same thing if you please.