Depression – Why bother carrying on?

I can’t say I ever got to the point of seriously thinking about taking my life. ?But I did get to the point of weighing up if living was still worth it. ?Luckily, the answer for me was an emphatic YES. ? Others that struggle with depression get to a point where they are in a much worse place. ?Instead of wondering if they should kill themselves, they have a constant fight against the impulse of wanting to commit suicide.

Sinda Ruzio-Saban bares her soul in her book, the story of her journey through a life of depression and ?almost constant suicidal thoughts and desires.? As a first-person account, it is heart-wrenchingly sad and even frightening. Those who have been in her position?or know someone else who has?are more likely to approach the topic openly and even take comfort from what Sinda has to say. Simply knowing what this woman has faced may help others suffering similar difficulties. Read more »


“This Country is Lost” A German writer’s last words

Susanne Kablitz was a well known German libertarian writer and the owner of the Jeweler publishing house as well as editor-in-chief of the Jewel magazine. She was the author of the book “To the last breath” and co-author of “The freedom committed”. She was also a politician and head of the “Party der Vernunft” (PDV.) If rumours are true, the 47-year-old committed suicide and the last article she wrote shortly before her death ?had the headline ” This Country is Lost.”

On Saturday, February 11th, she took her life with only 47 years. The voluntary death of a human being also leaves behind a sense of hopelessness. Susanne Kablitz was a fighter, but sometimes fighters lose their strength.

Her words in the article reveal a woman who felt that no matter what she did it was all in vain; that no matter what she said nothing would change. They are the words of a woman at the end of her rope mentally and emotionally, trying to fight a battle that she has only now realised is unwinnable. In some ways, it is as much Germany’s suicide note as it is hers.

Translated from German by Google Translate:

This Country is lost

…In the meantime, I feel so much the same – no matter what you try to do, most people around the world…believe firmly in authority, in the deity of the state, in the guilt, self-denial and Are deeply rooted in their hatred of themselves.

No matter how much you point out that most people are on the way to hell, nothing changes. On the contrary. One even gets insulted, smiled and denied.

A few weeks ago, the national socialist Bernd H?cke, at an event in Dresden, told me about the culprit of the Germans. He said, among other things, “We Germans, our people, are the only people in the world who have planted a monument of disgrace in the heart of their capital” and “the Merkel government has mutated into a regime

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Mike King points out one of the many serious flaws with social media

Both Facebook and Twitter are failing to provide consistency in their business models. No matter what side of the free speech divide you are on as a customer you expect a business to enforce its rules fairly and dispassionately. Furthermore, you expect its rules to be simple and easy to understand so they are easy to enforce.Mike King has alerted Facebook to a serious issue that is still unresolved. It should not be this hard to get a suicide video removed and it reflects the worldwide problem of social media giants who are unable or unwilling to moderate their forums adequately or consistently.Ironically Facebook has a suicide prevention feature?but it has failed to remove a video of an actual suicide.

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Cops set up a checkpoint to gather info on a possible murder. What?s wrong with that?

I’ve watched with interest as the left-wing goes troppo over Police actually doing their job.

Until we change the law, helping someone take their life is murder. Cops have used a creative way to gather intel. ?Well within their scope.

The checkpoint was used to gain information on those they believed were importing drugs for assisted suicide.

The coroner advised police at the end of August that a death in June he was looking into involved a Class C controlled substance, and that the death had no suspicious circumstances surrounding it.

Police began an investigation into several other deaths which looked like they may involve aiding and abetting suicide, which is illegal and punishable in New Zealand by up to 14 years in prison.

Earlier this month, police stopped seven cars leaving the pro-euthanasia meeting and interviewed about nine people over the following days.

Police insist the checkpoint was not an investigation into pro-euthanasia advocates, but rather an essential part of the case investigation.

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Maori even do suicide differently

As we know, Maori lead all the wrong statistics, and there is no exception when it comes to suicide.

Te Puni K?kiri is providing just under $2m to 28 organisations nationwide to run rangatahi suicide prevention initiatives.

M?ori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says the projects are urgently needed given the high rates of M?ori suicide.

“The suicide rates for our rangatahi are two and a half times higher than for non-M?ori youth, so we need solutions that are tailored for M?ori in the modern age.

A requirement of projects receiving funding is that rangatahi leadership must be central to their design, implementation and delivery.

Mr Flavell says there is currently a lack of strategy to address the alarming suicide rates, and too little research into how best to prevent rangatahi suicide.

“These are matters we will address with the interagency steering group tasked with updating the current New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy (2006-16) and overseeing the development of a new Action Plan,” he says.

$1.95m has been allocated to the projects across Aotearoa.

An evaluation that captures the critical success factors of the funded projects is expected to be completed by 2017, and will contribute to a body of knowledge about what works best in preventing rangatahi M?ori suicide.

It must be pointed out that the nation’s social support and health system is accessible to Maori as well.? So whatever is spent on Pakeha suicide, Asian suicide, etc, is clearly sufficient.?? Read more »


Strange spike in US suicide stats

Just for comparison, the latest public provisional stats that I could find for NZ are 11 per 100,000 (2013)

A new report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that the suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in three decades.

In 2014, 13 people out of every 100,000 took their own lives, compared with 10.5 per 100,000 in 1999.

According to the report, the number of suicides in the US has been on the rise since 1999 for everyone between the ages of 10 and 74 but the increase was particularly pronounced among the country’s white middle-aged population.

The report showed that the overall suicide rate in the country rose by 24 per cent from 1999 to 2014.

The suicide rate for white middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the same period and it rose by 43 percent for white men in that age range. Read more »


Mike King sabotaged?

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After reading something on The Nutters Club Facebook page yesterday I felt compelled to share the story. I met Mike King, whom Cameron knows well, when he and Cameron were on a panel together on Maori TV. He is a genuine bloke who cares passionately about helping people with depression. Since I have experienced depression up close and personal myself, I have a lot of time for Mike and The Nutters Club.

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We need to talk about suicide

Suicide seems to be the last taboo. Journalists are still not allowed to report honestly about it. When someone kills themselves weasel words have to be used to avoid using the taboo word.

There are two schools of thought about suicide. One school of thought that seems to be prevalent in New Zealand society, is that to talk about suicide or report accurately on suicide can cause people to kill themselves. This school of thought sees open discussion of suicide as a risky move and one that can do more harm than good. I suspect that this may be what motivated a principal to prevent a student from presenting a speech about suicide here in New Zealand.

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The perils of anti-depressants: Increased suicide risk


It is no secret that I have suffered, and still do suffer, from major depressive illnesses. Many people do and they either hide it, talk about it or plaster over the cracks.

You usually don’t realise someone you love is suffering from depression until they tip over somehow.

The problem is the medical fraternity almost always prescribe medications in various forms. I know, I’ve been on most of them, sometimes in a chemical cocktail. The very worst time of my life was when I was on anti-depressants.

Now there is another worry…it appears they increase the risk of suicide.

Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide, the biggest ever review of its kind has found, as pharmaceutical companies were accused of failing to report side effects and even deaths linked to the drugs.

The review of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants, involving more than 18,000 people, found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under-18s.

Although a similarly stark link was not seen in adults, the authors said misreporting of trial data could have led to a “serious underestimation of the harms”. ? Read more »

If she wanted to die, she was pretty bad at it

Suicide is a tough topic to discuss, but I get really, really annoyed with people who pimp out their tales of woe about how they survived suicide.

They snake across her body from her forehead to her shins. Like an intricate web of anguish, her body is a map of two decades of institutionalisation.

But it is not just the small knocks and marks of a life well-lived. Gemma, 30, who did not want her last name used, bears the scars of almost two decades of mental illness, self harm and suicide attempts. The words ‘help’ and ‘lost’ are now permanently branded across her knuckles, forever a daily reminder of her darkest moments and a haphazard tattoo job with needles and acrylic paint.

But after almost two decades of trying her damnedest to die, she is ready to try living again.

For a girl from a middle-class family from Timaru, Gemma never thought living alone in a council flat with little outside contact is where she would end up. Her criminal history reads like a novel, with her most recent estimate at number of arrests at about 300 – most for suicide prevention. Self harm was once a daily ritual, and serious attempts at ending her life number about 30.

By all accounts, she should be dead.

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