By Batista Gremaud
According to statistics published in Save.org, nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year, roughly one death every 40 seconds. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide for young adults between 15 and 24.
Hollywood celebrities are not exempt from suicidal tendencies. Naomi Judds and tWich were found dead from self-inflicted headshot wounds. After suffering for many years from depression, paranoia, memory loss, and insomnia, Robin Williams died by suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California, in 2014. Witney Houston and Marylin Monroe both succumbed to a drug overdose.
Billionaire financier and investor Thomas H. Lee was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Manhattan office.
Whether poor or wealthy, famous or not, suicide has devastating impacts on individuals, families, and communities around the globe.
At least 90% of people who have died by suicide have suffered from mental disorders, depression, substance abuse conditions, or psychosis. In addition, anxiety, eating, and trauma-related mental problems, such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or bipolar disorders, can further increase the risk of suicide.
Many people with depression struggle with hopelessness, worthlessness, and intense sadness. These feelings can lead to suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Not everyone with depression, however, will attempt or die by suicide, but it does mean that depression increases the risk.
Humor: a Powerful Antidote
Humor is a powerful weapon against suicidal thoughts by providing a sense of connection with others in times of distress and vulnerability. It can distract from suicidal thoughts and give an overall feeling of relief from mental anguish. Laughing with friends, watching a funny movie, or reading jokes provides temporary respite from the bleakness of suicidal ideation and temporarily lessens the intensity of depressive symptoms; it can even prevent suicide from being an option at that moment and provide a sense of hope while opening the possibility for alternate solutions.
Humor can also be used creatively by writing and performing comedic sketches based on personal experiences that have led to suicidal thoughts. This can be used to gain perspective and feel more empowered. In essence, humor can be potent in manipulating the dark and destructive emotions associated with suicidality.
Get Stronger, Feel Better, and Stay in Control with Strength Training.
Strength training is scientifically proven to strengthen the nervous system, which is exciting news and provides hope for addiction recovery and mental health. A solid and grounded nervous system is crucial to emotional sobriety and balanced life.
Strength training leads to neurochemicals in the brain, releasing endorphins, the brain's natural "feel good" chemicals. This boost in endorphins also elevates serotonin and dopamine levels, reducing stress and anxiety and improving mood overall.
This process creates immediate stress relief and a sense of calm, which elevates mood behaviors while physically getting stronger and healthier. In addition, it gives you an instant feeling of well-being by quieting the mind.
Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Mind
Strength training and a healthy lifestyle have been linked to improved mental health and help those suffering from suicidal tendencies in several ways. One of the most essential benefits is increased self-esteem, which can be critical for people dealing with these issues. Depression and suicidal thoughts often thrive in environments with high-stress levels and low self-esteem. When the body experiences a drop in physical strength or weakness, the person is more susceptible to succumbing to the pressure.
Exercise, particularly strength training, can help redirect energy and focus away from negative self-talk that can lead to suicidal behavior. Strength training reduces fatigue and other symptoms of depression; it improves muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, and physical confidence, all of which can help with suicidal ideation.
Keeping Good Company
Going to a gym provides a mental support system because you surround yourself with people who are proactive about their health. This allows for the camaraderie and support essential for overall mental well-being. Furthermore, it can provide accountability and motivation. Setting and achieving goals boosts self-confidence and encouragement while giving a sense of purpose.
Additionally, participating in group classes or sports activities provides further emotional benefits beyond physical strength and endurance. For example, it increases oxygen levels and facilitates improved breathing while reducing stress and anxiety.
Finally, going to the gym can be a great way to escape life's everyday stressors, significantly divert from day-to-day stresses and worries, and provide a much-needed break from constant work or online activities. This can dramatically benefit those with severe anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
A regular strength training program and healthy lifestyle help people suffering from suicidal tendencies by providing a sense of purpose, increased self-esteem, and improved mental health, making it easier to resist depressive thoughts and engage in positive activities.
While depression and suicide are serious issues, they are both treatable. With appropriate treatment, support, and a healthy lifestyle, people with depression and suicidal thoughts can lead long, fulfilling lives.
Getting professional help if you or someone you love have any of these symptoms is essential to help manage the condition and potentially decrease the risk of suicide.
Suicide is a preventable public health crisis that can be addressed by making mental health care more accessible, educating people about suicide risk factors, and creating more connected and supportive communities.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nationwide, grassroots mental health organization. NAMI offers educational programs, advocates for individuals and families affected by mental illness, and operates a toll-free helpline.
Call or text the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264,
Suicide Prevention as a Health and Safety Issue
Dr Fitness USA THE SHOW released its 6th episode with special guest Frank King, whose passion for humor and bodybuilding helped him fight a lifetime battle with depression and chronic suicidality. He turned that long dark journey into 8 TEDx Talks on Mental Health Awareness.
Watch it on EZWAYTV
Batista Gremaud is the CEO and president of Dr Fitness International, an International Body Designer, Strength Training Expert, No1 Best Selling author of Feminine Body Design, Empowering Fitness For A Pain-Free Life, co-creator of the Feminine Body Design online strength training mentoring system, co-host of the Esoteric Principles of Bodybuilding, Recipient of the most outstanding fitness program 2019 by The Winners Circle, Mastermind at Sea. and producer of the Dr Fitness USA’s THE SHOW.
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