Economy Sinks, Suicides Increase

“In Massachusetts, a housewife who had hidden her family’s mounting financial crisis from her husband sends a note to the mortgage company warning: “By the time you foreclose on my house, I’ll be dead.” Then Carlene Balderrama shot herself to death, leaving an insurance policy and a suicide note on a table.”

I would really like to talk about the government injecting $250 billion into banks this morning, but I really don’t think that’s really news. I read an article online last night about how the current economic crisis is putting people into a panic, that suicide hotlines and domestic-violence shelters are filled to capacity. People are threatening to take their lives in fear that they will lose everything. As we all may know, a man killed himself, his wife, mother-in-law, and children due to economic stress. A 90 year old woman shot herself fearing her home would be taken away, and another woman killed her two cats and herself with a shotgun leaving behind an insurance policy on the table. She kept her mortgage crisis away from her husband. It is a shame that Americans have to go through this.

Has it really come to this? What are we as citizens to believe when we don’t see things getting better but are being told they are. Our situation today seems constantly downplayed in the media as if not to stir panic. However, panic still ensues.

And please, let’s not forget our US troops. Suicide has increased amongst soldiers during this last year alone. Let’s not abandon each other during a time like this. If any of you find yourself in a situation where you are contemplating hurting yourself or others, PLEASE GET HELP! Here are some helpful organizations:

SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

Boys Town (Teens and parents)

1-800-448-3000

If it is an emergency, please call 911.

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