Every 18 minutes someone dies by suicide in this country. About 90 percent of those individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death (most often depression or bipolar disorder). Despite the fact that many suicides are preceded by a traumatic event, like a break up, losing a job, bankruptcy, etc., this is not generally the cause of the suicide.
This event is more like the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is generally the catalyst in a lifetime of emotional distress that contributes to the person’s condition. Much like another individual who contracts an infection as the result of a long battle with cancer and loses the fight, so too is the individual who loses the fight and dies by suicide as the result of a long battle with depression.
Anyone who’s lost someone to suicide knows it is a very long, dark, and difficult journey to follow.