The Risk of Suicide for Sexual Abuse Survivors
It feels like every day in the news there is a story about suicide. Whether it is a famous person, a high school student, or a baby boomer, their loss is felt. According to the CDC, since 1999 the suicide rate in the United States has risen by more than 30 percent in half of the states. No one knows exactly why suicide is on the rise, but there is a lot we can do to prevent it from happening.
According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse is at greater risk for suicide than someone who didn’t experience abuse. This means that if you have thoughts of suicide, take them seriously and seek help.
Here at The Younique Foundation, we know that healing is possible. Every day we see survivors make amazing strides and work their way through their trauma. You can too. You are not alone in this.
You may feel overwhelmed by financial struggles, relationship problems, depression, or any number of other issues, but suicide is not the answer. There are amazing things in your future, even if it may not feel like it now. Help is available to you and there are people who want to help you feel better.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide then we recommend reaching out to your support system, finding a therapist you trust, or calling a suicide hotline. No matter where you are, there are resources available to you and people who want to help.
Don’t let difficult times rob you of the life you’re meant to live. It’s not easy; we know it isn’t, but hold on a little tighter, wait a little longer, and take one more step towards healing. You are a survivor, you’re strong, and you can do this. The world is a better place with you in it.
If you are struggling and in the United States:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- En Español: 1-888-628-9454
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
- Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741