Guest Editorial - Suicide Prevention (9/20/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Guest Editorial - Suicide Prevention (9/20/06)

If I asked you which illness in Kentucky annually claimed three times as many lives as homicide with 567 deaths in 2003, is the fourth leading cause of death of males between ages of 15 to 34, and ranks 12th nationally - would your answer be suicide? Suicide hits all ages, races, and financial and social spectrums.

On July 30, 2002, my son, Jamie, age 24, committed suicide. His signs of depression were sleeping, eating disorders and withdrawing from the world. If I had known the signs, he might be here today. Other signs include drastic mood swings, increased use of drugs and alcohol, and stockpiling firearms or drugs with which to commit suicide.

Jamie's suicide death was his choice and not mine. I was naïve enough to think that anti-depressants were the only treatment Jamie required. Please don't put yourself or a loved one in the same situation.

Suicide prevention is everyone's business. 85% of all suicides are preventable. If you feel someone is in danger of committing suicide, call the National Hot Line 1-800-273-TALK, or the Seven County Services Crisis Line at (502) 589-4313.

I'm Vince Gottbrath, and that's my...Point of View.

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