Depression And Suicide In Women

Recently I was invited to attend a luncheon hosted by the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. The foundation was started by the parents of Jordan Elizabeth Harris, a beautiful young lady who during the last few months of her life suffered from severe depression, and eventually committed suicide.

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Hearing Jordan’s story made me think of how a young woman who was outgoing, fun and yes beautiful with a loving family could end her life.  While researching information on depression and suicide, I came across a fact that stopped me in my tracks.

The largest increases in depression/suicide are in young women and women of a certain age.  Men traditionally die from suicide more than women, but women have been catching up with them.  Middle-aged women who are between 45 and 69 have had the highest suicide rates in the last couple of years.

Some of the reasons for this increase are:

  • Age-related illness
  • Treatable mental health condition
  • Reliance on pain relief and sleeping drugs
  • Middle-aged women are more aware of their mortality
  • Disappointed and disillusioned–feel that it is too late for happiness
  • Loneliness
  • Empty Nest Syndrome

As we enter the holiday season, it has been reported that depression rises among women of a certain age. Is there anything that we can do to prevent depression/suicide?  While researching I found that some people lived daily with those who suffered from depression and/or committed suicide, and they saw no outward change.  There were those that saw the change, but we unable to get them the needed assistance.

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The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation mission statement states “to eradicate suicide by funding depression research, creating awareness through education, erasing the stigma, and providing hope to those who are struggling in silence”.

The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation along with others including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is seeking to lower suicide rates.  These efforts include educating doctors especially primary care doctors so that they may be better able to identify people who are at risk for suicide.

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As I sat at the luncheon I thought of the people who I had known in my lifetime that had taken their own lives.  There were two who had an illness that would eventually end their lives and one that no one could ever tell me the reason why.

It’s getting close to Christmas and New Year’s which brings on a time of reflection.  Let’s take the time to visit, call, text, facetime–let’s stay connected–we may be able to spot changes.

To find out more about depression and suicide prevention take a look at The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, take the time to connect with others–it can only help.

 

Women’s History Month–Inspiring Us

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Two women that continue to inspire me are Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to be nominated to be vice president of the United States, and Shirley shirleychisholmChisholm the first African-American to be a major party candidate for president of the United States.  Neither of these women won their political races, but I can just image what they had to go through not only from men, but from women who believed they should stay in a “woman’s place”.  They paved the way.

We all have women who have inspired us in some form or fashion, tell us about them.   

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”!  Let’s not only celebrate, let’s honor women all year.

Because of those that paved the way, we are able to do whatever we desire.

      Don’t forget to tell us about the women who have inspired you.

 

2012 in review for “thisisyourbestyear”

Thank you for a successful year–“thisisyourbestyear” was read in 75 countries!  I know 2013 will be even better.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  This year don’t make ANY RESOLUTIONS!!! Seriously, just live your life the best you can–“THISISYOURBESTYEAR”!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Characters are How Old and Doing What?

Well, I know you thought this post would be about Mother’s Day.  Hey, you know it’s coming up, and you know what to do–make Mama feel like the queen she is.

I have always loved to read.  Almost nothing is better than curling up with a good book, cup of coffee/glass of wine (depending on the time of day), pair of socks and enjoying a good book. This week we’re going to talk about the books we love to read. We’re going to share the titles and tell a little bit about the book.

As a young child, the Bobbsey Twins ignited my love of reading.  I lived in their house and named my cat Snoop in honor of them. 

Over the years, my reading taste changed, but one thing that I noticed, very few of the characters changed; they never really matured, and if they did, they were relegated to sub-sub plots, you know, cooking, babysitting and sitting on the porch.

While in search of something to hold my attention, I found Ms. Evelyn Palfrey, and she bought joy to my heart.  Her books let me laugh, cry, become a detective, talk with the characters as I read and so much more.

I first got acquainted with her work while attending an event in Dallas, Texas where she told us of her love for romance novels (she almost lost me there), but I kept listening because she was so entertaining.  Then she said something that caught my attention–all the romance novels had beautiful, twenty something, fit characters in them.  As she had matured, the characters she had grown to love had stayed the same age.  She decided that she wanted to read about people who were more like her–maturing, working on second careers, some with children, grandchildren, some dealing with divorce, death, everything that happens as we go through this life.

I feel I know her because she writes about real women, but she does so entertainingly–they are not dull characters.  She writes about the one who goes on a diet, and doesn’t lose any weight.  She writes about the one who is insecure, the one who is confident, the one who dreams about the man who got away, until she sees him again, and then thank’s God he got away. Evelyn writes beautifully about women who sometime look back over their lives with regret, but also who look toward the future with hope.  One of my favorites by Ms. Palfrey is “Three Perfect Men”. There is romance and mystery which I love.

For pure pleasure, take a look at “Butterfly” by Kathryn Harvey. This one was something I picked up years ago.  It was recommended by the store clerk, and he was on the money.  It is a weekend read that is  just for fun. 

The last book that I read just for fun was “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”,  by Stieg Larsson.  It was wonderful, action packed, sexy and so much more.

Ladies who do you like to read?  Give us a name and a title of something that you enjoyed–tell us a little something about the book.  Let’s share.

Ms. Palfrey’s website is: http://www.evelynpalfrey.com

You can purchase her books and also the book “Butterfly” on Amazon.

If you don’t have time for an entire novel, take a look at this blog written by Pam Wyatt Aaron.  It is called the “Sage Book Whisperer”.  She writes about so many wonderful things–life, travel, tea, crafts, foods and so much more.   This blog will keep you entertained and informed.  Her blog site is:http://sagebookwhisperer.blogspot.com 

If any men are reading this, and I hope there are–buy Mama a tablet to read her books on–remember Mother’s Day is here.

Happy Mother’s Day and remember, “Thisisyourbestyear”.  Don’t forget to share your favorite books and authors with us.  See you next week

 

Welcome to This is Your Best Year!!!

Welcome to thisisyourbestyear!  You and I are on this journey together.  Together and collectively, we will give suggestions on living life to the fullest.  This is a blog for women who thought that when they reached this age, life was over.  This is for all of those women who thought their mothers were old at this age–well they may have been, but that’s not the case anymore.

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We will discuss everything from health, beauty, faith, life, children, grandchildren, exercise, careers, retirement, starting all over again in love and/or career. We will talk about learning the word no, taking time to be who we are.  With this blog we will have fun, we will talk fashion, food, travel and all kinds of products–in other words, we’re going to talk about us.

You can always email us at  thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com and see all the things we are doing by visiting us on Facebook–(thisisyourbestyear), and Instagram–thisisyourbestyear.  We can also be found on Twitter–thisisyoubestyear@mariciajohns

Let’s get excited ladies, and stay tuned.  Remember–“THIS IS YOUR BEST YEAR”!