Troutville, VA, June 21, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- With the recent statistics reported by the Journal of the American Medical Association for 2017, suicide among young people, 15 to 24, has reached its highest point since 2000. In 2017, there were 6,241 suicides reported in people aged 15 to 24. And even though The National Institute of Mental Health identifies multiple warning signs of suicide including, “talking about wanting to die or kill themselves; talking about feeling empty, hopeless or having no reason to live; planning or looking for a way to kill themselves and talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions,” these statistics are still rising.
But why? Maybe the subject of suicide is still taboo. “Suicide is a word that should only be whispered; a shameful sin, not to be further discussed.” That’s how author Marjorie Struck first learned about suicide, in her hometown of Plainview, Minnesota… she heard that word in reference to many of her relatives, including her father and four brothers; all victims of suicide.
Golden Quill Press states that 90 year old, Struck, author of “Tell Others,” who currently lives in New Jersey, no longer wishes to allow the silence of her childhood. She is opening up her family closet and literally letting the skeletons out.
Her family still hides from their history, even today, when suicide is at the fore-front of our daily news. Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, have all been all too familiar headlines. We respond in shock as we did when Robin Williams committed suicide; even when it was reported he suffered from depression most of his life.
But so many people just like Struck’s family disavow that depression, addiction and suicide touch them personally. And so, Struck asks, “Even if you don’t acknowledge this history…have you thought about what is happening to your children?”
Struck believes, “We need to see depression and addiction as diseases; suicide as the result.” To date, in her family; the suicide pattern has been repeated in every generation; more than 10 times, but still no one has done anything. Until now.
Struck refuses to hide from her family truth. In “Tell Others,” she opens up her family history and tells the heart wrenching story of the men and women in each generation, including a 16 year old boy, in the currently generation, that turned from depression to addiction to suicide and the anguish that drove them to that moment when they could no longer go on.
Research into these illnesses reveals lives that look normal; but without any joy. They search for any happiness, but when none is found, their only solution is to end it all. Why do current health programs fall short? Even after going through extensive programs, why is suicide still their choice? Today peer pressure, social media and cyberbullying all add to more teenage anxiety, which contributes to more depression and eventually to suicide.
We must no longer hide our heads in the sand… or people will die.
“Depression, Addiction and Suicide, used to be words that everyone shied away from, and some cases still do. The words conjured up images of a ‘Crazy Person’.” Struck pleads, “Don’t be complacent. These are real illnesses, diseases that kill…no matter by whose hand. What you must do is acknowledge that you or someone you love has a disease…no different than heart disease or diabetes or cancer…this is a real killer…but it doesn’t have to be.”
And that is the real message of “Tell Others,” and the purpose for author Marjorie Struck, who hopes you will listen to her podcast interview at goldenquillpress and read her book...and help save a life.