Suicide rates rising, support and family can help

Suicide rates rising, support and family can help

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Suicide rates are on the rise across the nation. 

It is a problem that is highlighted by the deaths of renowned chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade. 

Mariel Morgan knows the pain that many people suffering from suicidal thoughts experience. 

"When I was 16, 16, 17 years old that's when I started manifesting the bipolar and a lot of times what that equates to is erratic behavior," Morgan said.

She was already going to a doctor when her disease started growing. 

"I had suffered an abusive relationship beforehand, before I was married to my husband now and I had some severe PTSD that came along with that and some anxiety and so she put me on medication for that," she said. "It was the wrong medication for what I have and so that sent me into a spiral and made my condition worse and didn't make it better."

Her situation began to spiral downward.

"I couldn't hold down a job. My relationships were fractured with people, with my parents, my family and my husband and things like that. So when it's not taken care of it's incredibly destructive."

Her descent marked with self harm.

"Cutting, you know things like that. Strangulation."

It reached the tipping point when she was 26.

"I just, I disappeared. No one knew where I was. They found me in Amarillo. And I, um, I had spent the night in a cheap hotel, you know probably where the hookers were. I had no idea. It was downtown, I don't even know. So I, I was just so out of it at that point. I didn't even know what was going on. I had either planned to kill myself in that hotel room or get on the bus the next day and go to a new town, go to a new city somewhere and disappear because my family was better off without me."

After finding her Mariel's parents took her home to get the help she needed.

"I was just so exhausted and just had nothing left. I was just an absolute little shell of a human being and for them to say this is what we're doing, it was like oh dear God, thank you, finally. Maybe this will be it."

Her recovery began with her extending her hand to family which helped her fight against the suicidal thoughts.

"I had, have an incredible support system and when I was at my very lowest, I mean when I had hit, for me, when I had hit my rock bottom, my parents were there, my husband was there to say this is what we're doing, we're getting you help."

It is that support Bobby Carter with Sunrise Canyon Hospital said is needed to start curbing suicide rates.

"When an individual reaches the point that they feel like they have to take their own life, they feel like no one cares, that there's no one there to understand them, to be there to help them," Carter said. "They feel like there's no way out, there's no way to get out of it. So in those particular cases I encourage family members and other support systems, if you really feel like someone you know or someone close to you is struggling with these kinds of thoughts you really need to say something."

He said reach out to them in public. Let them know someone is there to listen.

"The worst thing that you can do is do nothing," he said.

Even after getting help, Mariel said it is still not an easy fight.

"There are days where I can wake up in the morning and I can, you know I have a pep in my step and I can, I sit up immediately in the bed and I'm ready to take the day and lets do it, and there's days where just the thought of just opening my eyes is too painful. It hurts, it literally hurts."

She said you have to put in the work to get through it though. Fight back every step of the way.

"Just don't give up no matter what because if you can just hold on for five more minutes, just hold on for five more minutes and you know you may be doing it with your nails gritting your teeth but you know don't give up. There's is help, there is hope, there is life."

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, there are resources to help in Lubbock. Programs such as Contact Lubbock, Inc.or StarCare. You can also reach out to the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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