I love football. I am a huge Seahawks fan and I definitely know the Cougars well. There was an article written in their local newspaper and it strikes a great point that I just had to share with you:
“Depression is our No. 1 risk factor for suicide,” Votava said. “Across all ages, 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health issue at the time of their passing.” And for about 60 percent of people who take their own lives, she said, “it’s depression that they’re dealing with.”
Votava founded FailSafe For Life, a nonprofit devoted to educating people about suicide risks, in 2016. She is motivated by the deaths of her brothers, Zach and Kacey, who ended their lives within six months of each other in 2003.
Zach, who died at 22, “was a recent college graduate with a degree in plastics engineering,” Votava said. “Just a very, very bright man.”
Kacey, who was 23, “just had a new job offer,” she said. “He had kind of a rough year earlier in the year, but it seemed like things were turning around for him.”
Speaking generally, Votava said people often mistakenly assume that others who are “successful” or “high-functioning” are mentally healthy and at low risk of suicide.
If you know of anyone that is suicidal please DO NOT DELAY in notifying 911 immediately. If you know someone who is suicidal or had ANY suicidal thoughts. Give them the National Suicide Center:
The fact that he was just 21 is the hardest part to understand.