Although the Philippines has a comparatively lower suicide rate than its neighboring countries, the increase in the number of Filipinos committing suicide over the last decades is something that cannot be ignored. From 1984 to 2005, the suicide rate in our country has increased from 0.46 to 7 out of every 200,000 men, and from 0.24 to two for every 200,000 women. Majority of these cases involve young people aged 24 years old and below.
There are many causes of why people commit suicide, and many of this can be attributed to mental health problems, as well as poverty and unemployment, and a history of drug use, alcoholism, and self-harm.
Suicide is serious and it includes thoughts, plans, and attempts to take one’s own life. A suicide victim is someone who has committed taking his or her own life and it causes immeasurable distress to the victim’s family and loved ones.
Substance Abuse and Suicide
Drug and alcohol dependence can lead to many problems: physical, emotional, social, financial, professional, and even mental. All these can increase the risk for a person to commit suicide. A person who is dependent or addicted to drugs and alcohol can expose themselves to problems that can quickly spiral out of control. At times, they can also be involved in violence, debts, prostitution, self-harm, overdoses, health problems, legal battles, and many more.
At times, people who are intoxicated with drugs or alcohol are more prone to impulsive behavior and faulty decision making, and a lot of this is because the substances also reduce inhibitions. There are plenty of suicide cases all over the world wherein people commit spur-of-the-moment suicidal acts under the influence. In addition, long-term substance abuse can also worsen already existing mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Mental Health and Suicide
Those who are suffering from mental disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions need to be treated earlier for effective prevention of suicide. Self-medicating addicts, such as those who use alcohol and drugs to cope with their mental disorders, are at high risk of suicide.
With early identification and the right treatment, both mental disorder and addiction can be addressed, and people who suffer from both will have a better, more fulfilling life ahead as they commit to recovery.
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