Our Howl readers know well we strive to demystify and start conversations about mental health and the stigma surrounding it. This is one of the pillars we build our magazine around. Today, September 10th, is National Suicide Prevention Day. The stats remain alarming– In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44.
It is not uncommon to have considered suicide as an option at one point in life, however, if this thought persists and deepens, you must seek help immediately. There are so many wonderful (free!) resources in the world to help you cope with depression and mental illness– the complexity of the issue (one of many) lies within the depressed person feeling like they can't access those resources because they can barely get out of bed.