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When I think of you, it includes a lot of questions, so there!
Questions like “Why?” and “What Happened?”, “Was it really so unfair?”
Why is it that life proved so hard for you to bear?
I have had my share of things that weigh on my heart
Things that might, a lesser man, tear all apart.
I chose to stay
Learned it is okay to walk away.
Refused to be the one who never sees the sun again
The one who makes new friends
I chose to live and trudge right through,
Even when it gets neck high, which it often can do.
It got so hard a lot of times
But I turned that negativity around, if not it would of been a crime
A life given is an opportunity to impact,
How can you do that if you only “subtract”?
I will never be that far down, if the good Lord is willing
I will get rid of the blemishes, and all that is lacking
I wish I could of helped you, if you had been near me, possibly I would had
Instead, I found out, from the grieving relatives you made sad.
There was a feeling of helplessness, a feeling of shame
Because in a sense, our society is to blame
It takes a person’s walls and helps to make them taller
Society will make a person feel so much smaller
We walk by those of us that suffer and feel no sense of obligation
It is no longer help a neighbor, but turn the other way, leave someone in stagnation
Shame on us all, shame on the world.
Break the silence, break the stigma, help those who suffer, who feel alone
Or else this world will change so far from what we all know.
People will die and chose not to survive
If we don’t help give them a reason to live.
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Facts About Suicide
- Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal individuals desperately want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems.
- Most suicidal individuals give definite warnings of their suicidal intentions, but others are either unaware of the significance of these warnings or do not know how to respond to them.
- Talking about suicide does not cause someone to be suicidal.
- Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, racial and ethnic boundaries.
- Suicidal behavior is complex and not a response to one problem that a person is experiencing. Some risk factors vary with age, gender, or ethnic group and may occur in combination or change over time.
- Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, they may themselves be at higher risk for suicide and emotional problems.
Statistics are based on the latest year for which we have national statistics, 2016.
U.S.A Suicide: 2015 Official Final Data
- Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. This translates into an annual suicide rate of approximately 14 per 100,000 people dying a year by suicide (44,193 a year), out-ranking homicides (ranked as the 16th leading cause of death).
- The suicide rates decreased from 1990-2000 from 12.5 to 10.4 suicides per 100,000. Over the past decade, however, the rate has again increased. Every day, approximately 121 Americans die by suicide or approximately one person kills themselves every 12 minutes. (CDC)
- In 2015, there were 1,104,825 attempted suicide in the United States. Approximately one person attempts suicide every 31 seconds.
- It is generally estimated that there are 25 attempts for one death by suicide.
- Between 25 and 50 percent of people who kill themselves had previously attempted suicide. Those who have made suicide attempts are at higher risk for actually taking their own lives.
- Each suicide intimately effects at least six other people (estimated). In 2013, it was estimated that one in every 63 Americans became a suicide-loss survivor.
- The most commonly reported means of completing suicide, across all groups, was by firearm (49.8%), followed by suffocation or hanging (26.8%), poisoning (15.4), cutting (1.7%) and drowning (1.2%).
- Mental health diagnoses are generally associated with a higher rate of suicide. Psychological autopsy studies reflect that more than 90 percent of completed suicides had one or more mental disorders, most notably depression. (NAMI)
- Rates of completed suicide are highest among those between the ages of 45-54, followed by an equally high rate for the elderly (age 80 and over).
- It is estimated that elderly adults have rates of suicide close to 50 percent higher than that of the nation as a whole (all ages).
- Suicide is currently ranked as the second leading cause of death for youth (15 to 24 years old) in the United States behind accidents/road traffic.
- Prevalence of Suicide in College Students:
- Available data suggests that suicide occurs at a rate between 6.5 and 7.5 per 100,000 among college students, approximately half the rate for nonstudent college-aged adults. (SPRC)
- 18 percent of undergraduate and 15 percent of graduate students have seriously considered attempting suicide in their lifetimes. Between 40 and 50 percent of these same students report multiple episodes of serious suicidal thoughts.(Drum, Brownson, Burton Denmark & Smith, 2009)
- Studies suggest that female graduate students are at a greater risk for suicide than male graduate students and younger students of both sexes. (Big Ten Student Suicide Study)
- 80 percent of students who die by suicide never contact mental health services. (NAMI)
By gender (from the CDC)
- Males take their own lives at nearly four times the rate of females and represent 77.9% of all suicides.
- Females are more likely than males to have suicidal thoughts.
- Firearms are the most commonly used method of suicide among males (56.9%).
- Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females (34.8%)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the following statistics for 2001-2010 among White/Caucasian Americans:
- At 15.8 per 100,000, the suicide rate for Whites of all ages was the second highest rate among racial/ethnic groups and higher than the overall U.S. rate of 13.8. (Suicidology, 2015)
- Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for Whites of all ages and the 2nd leading cause of death for young White males ages 15-34.
- The highest rate in the White population, 51.75 per 100,000, was found among adult males 85 and older.
- The lifetime prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts of Whites have been placed at 16.10% and 4.69%, respectively.
The CDC reported the following statistics for 2001-2010 among Black/African Americans:
- The suicide rate for all ages was 5.6 per 100,000, slightly less than half of the overall U.S. rate of 13.8. (Suicidology, 2015)
- Suicide was the 16th leading cause of death for Blacks of all ages and the 3rd leading cause of death for young Black males ages 15-24.
- Males ages 25 to 34 had the highest rate of suicide in the Black population, 16.43 per 100,000.
- The lifetime prevalence rate of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts of Blacks has been placed at 11.82% and 4.15%, respectively.
The CDC reported the following statistics for 2001-2010 among Hispanic/Latino Americans:
- The suicide rate for all ages was 5.85 per 100,000, slightly less than half the overall U.S. rate of 12.08.
- Suicide ranked as the 12th leading cause of death for individuals of Hispanic origin of all races and ages, and the 3rdleading cause of death for Hispanic males ages 15 to 34.
- The highest suicide rate in the Hispanic population, 30.58 per 100,000, was found among adult males 85 and older.
- The lifetime prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts of Hispanics has been placed at 11.35% and 5.11%, respectively.
The CDC reported the following statistics for 2015 among American Indians and Alaska Natives:
- The suicide rate for all ages was 19.5 per 100,000, much higher than the overall U.S. rate of 13.8 and the highest of all racial/ethnic groups. (CDC)
- Suicide ranked as the 8th leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives of all ages. Suicide ranked as the 2nd leading cause of death among youth ages of 10 to 34.
- The suicide rate among American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents and young adults ages 15-34 is 19.5 per 100,00, which is 1.5 times higher than the national average for that age group.
- Lifetime rates of having attempted suicide reported by adolescents ranged from 21.8% in girls to 11.8% in boys and from 17.6% of both sexes raised on reservations to 14.3% of both sexes raised in urban areas.
- Lifetime rates of suicidal ideation were significantly higher among youth raised on reservations (32.6%) compared to youth raised in urban areas (21%).
The CDC reported the following statistics from 2001-2010 among the Asian American and Pacific Islander population:
- The suicide rate was 6.19 per 100,000, approximately half the overall U.S. rate of 12.08.
- Suicide ranked as the 10th leading cause of death for all ages and the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24.
- The highest rate in the Asian American and Pacific Islander population, 29.76 per 100,000, was found among adult males 85 and older.
- The lifetime prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has been placed at 9.02% and 2.55%, respectively.
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It is no secret that as a blogger or any person that is found on the internet, can and that we do somehow, influence others. Maybe this is intentional, maybe it is not.
Rule of thumb though…
You are on the internet, millions of millions of people cruise and look at the internet daily.
In The News…
- Scarlett London, a style and travel blogger, has come under fire on Instagram.
- London uploaded a photo of her “perfect morning,” but eagle-eyed followers quickly realised her cup of tea was empty and her plate of pancakes was actually made up of tortilla wraps.
- Not everything we see on Instagram is a reality, and people criticised London for adding to the problem.
- Young people may feel inadequate by looking at these sorts of images, they argued.
- London said she never wanted to post something harmful, and her aim has always been to show the opposite – that you can live a fun and full life despite your problems.
Internet usage worldwide – Statistics & Facts
There was an estimate of 3.5 billion internet users worldwide in 2016. This means about 45 percent of the global population accessed the internet that year. The majority of global internet users are located in East and South Asia, while China is the largest online market in the world. In 2016, China had over 721 million internet users, more than double the amount of third-ranked U.S. with nearly 290 million internet users. India ranked second in number of users; Brazil and Japan complete the top 5. English is the most common language on the internet by share of users, followed by Chinese and Spanish. South Korea has the world’s fastest average internet connection speed – 27 Mbps as of 2016. The global average internet speed stood at 6.1 Mbps that year.
Internet users often turn to their mobile devices to access the internet. Millennial internet users, for example, spent an average of 185 minutes on mobile internet services every day in 2016. Generation X internet users’ average daily use of mobile internet stood at 110 minutes that year. Many companies have been profiting from the increased mobile usage by following a mobile-first strategy and optimizing their content for mobile devices. Some of the most popular mobile internet activities are using email, working, social networking, online search, online video and online shopping. Instant messaging is also popular among mobile internet users worldwide. WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging app in the world with one billion monthly active users. Facebook Messenger closely follows with 900 million monthly active users. Facebook was found to be the leading social network with 1.7 billion active users. Other popular social networks include Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, as well as mobile chat apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or WeChat.
DID YOU KNOW
WordPress Usage Statistics That Will Make Your Jaw Drop
As we are sure you will soon agree, the stats below are nothing if not impressive. To paint as accurate a picture as possible, we tried to include the most current statistics. If not stated otherwise, all numbers are from 2016.
1. WordPress powers almost 27 percent of the entire internet.
As already stated in the beginning, WordPress is by far the most popular CMS on the web. However, you might not be aware just how popular the platform has become.
First of all, its market share among all content management systems is close to 60 percent. What’s more, its closest competitor Joomla (here is a comparison of the two CMS) is used by only 6.3 percent. Yes, that’s the second most popular content management system in the world!
The bigger surprise, however, and by far the most impressive WordPress usage statistic is that 26.9 percent of all websites on the web now use WordPress. With more than one billion websites online today, I’ll let you do the math how many sites in total that is. I know, I was as surprised as you are!
2. WordPress sites around the world publish 24 posts per second.
You read that right. In 2016, blogs that are part of the WordPress network (meaning blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or externally hosted WordPress sites that have the Jetpack plugin installed) published on average 24 blog posts per second. That comes down to 1,481 blog posts per minute, 88,888 in an hour and just above 2.13 million per day. And that’s not counting those sites for which WordPress cannot collect any statistics.
To get a better impression of what this looks like, WordPress.com offers a map that lets you see updates around the world in real-time. You can find it here.
3. WordPress sites receive 22.17 billion monthly page views.
It appears that all of that activity is paying off, resulting in massive traffic. For this year alone, blogs in the WordPress network have garnered a combined average of 22.17 billion page views per month. That’s three times as many as there are people on the planet! Let that sink in for a minute.
4. WordPress blogs receive 46.6 million comments per month.
And man are those visitors a talkative bunch. Each month of this year produced on average 46.6 million comments. Looks like there are some fierce discussions going on out there. Plus, these are legitimate comments, which made it through the spam protection, mind you.
If the Akismet stats are any indication, the number of spam comments generated at the same time is about 30 times higher. That means besides the legitimate comments WordPress blogs receive every month, they get bombarded by 1.4 billion spammers at the same time. Jeez!
5. There are 2.7 million global monthly searches for WordPress.
Seeing the amount of data WordPress.com alone can handle, it is unsurprising that WordPress is so popular and continues to garner attention. The platform’s growing esteem is also reflected in its Google searches.
In the United States alone, “WordPress” as a keyword receives 450,000 search requests every month. Globally that number is up to 2.7 million. That’s not even taking into account people looking for “WordPress templates,” “WordPress plugins,” and other WordPress-centric information. Overall, WordPress-related terms (including those for “wp,” a common abbreviation for WordPress) receive somewhere between 10 and 100 million global searches every month.
As for how the platform stacks up against its competitors: Google Trends sees WordPress 5.5 times more popular than Joomla and almost nine times more in demand than Drupal. Seems like the WordPress usage statistics will only continue to grow.
A person who writes or has anything to do with webpages, websites, internet searches, etc. will be exposed to a vast number of viewers, trackers, etc.
It really gives you something to think about like…
-who do you influence?
-are you offering someone something beneficial?
-would what you post or share influence negative things for another person?
-What is the main reason you are on the internet, and are you willing to put yourself out there, regardless of the costs?
JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
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