Suicide prevention resources available
Suicide is a topic that affects many, whether it be directly or indirectly. Not many speak openly about the topic or discuss their thoughts on the issue.
Suicide is best defined as death caused by self-inflicted injurious behaviors with intent to die as a result. Recently, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court declared September to be Suicide Awareness Month. However, not much attention was brought to the declaration of the topic at hand.
I hope to bring that needed awareness to readers today.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide was the second-leading cause of death among those aged 10-34. NIMH also reports that suicide rates (47,173) were double the reported homicides (19,510).
Suicide rates have increased by 31% from 2001-2017. What we don’t realize is that it may be much closer than we predict or expect.
NIMH reports that at least 10.5% of adults aged 18-25 have had suicidal thoughts. While many believe that asking someone about suicide plants the idea into their head, be advised that this is solely a myth.
NIMH suggests that asking the question directly is the best way to help identify those at risk for suicide.
There is help available at every intersection of life. Local mental health authorities such as Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, private psychiatrists such as Dr. Nanjappa Sreenivas, Dr. Kathleen Goodwin and outpatient services at the South Texas Behavioral Center are trained to help those in need and during times of crisis.
Many of these facilities may be in partnership with crisis hotlines to help meet your needs at a time of dire need. Tropical Texas Behavioral Health has a crisis number of 1-877-289-7199 and has staff available 24/7 who can conduct crisis screenings at a moment’s notice to assess for safety and immediate stabilization if needed.
I sincerely hope you take this information and give it the light of day it needs; suicide can be prevented with awareness. By talking about suicide others who may have thoughts of such cross their minds may feel ready to talk about their pain. Beginning the conversation can save many lives and end the feeling of being alone with these thoughts.
Graduate student Our Lady of the Lake University
Impeachment: Mind changed
Over the past too many months, as the subject of impeachment of President Trump roiled in the news, my steadfast opinion was that regardless of how abhorrent I found his behavior, his eviction must come from the proper exercise of our democratic principles as reflected in our election process. This position is staunchly asserted by many of his supporters today.
Although never a Trump supporter, I shared the belief that elections were how we ousted leaders who did not represent our nation’s values. My belief was not swayed by Trump’s outrageous conduct, damaging international posturing and feckless domestic leadership.
Pivotal to my thinking was the assumption of a fair election process. However, recent weeks have brought compelling evidence that Trump has actively worked to negate that assumption — a sin beyond all others.
Without fair elections, our nation ceases to be a republic. Impeachment now has become our nation’s only recourse.