This heart is to raise awareness for the 45% increase in suicide rates in females from 1999-2014.
Middle-aged women 45-64, had the highest suicide rate among women and the largest increase– a whopping 63%. For females 10-14 years old, the suicide rate increased threefold between 1999 and 2014, a particularly alarming statistic.
I believe lack of resources and lack of conversation regarding mental illness are just two of the reasons suicide has gotten this promotion. Chances are your children know someone at school who has either died by suicide, attempted suicide or talked about it.
Please have a conversation about suicide in your family. It won’t “give them the idea.” They have already thought about it and most do want to talk about it. The proof is the number of letters I get every week from young adults.
What is the #griefheart project?
I explain my #griefheart project here.