What has happened to the inner dynamics of a woman’s mind. As a woman who was raised by a pioneer ranch woman and whose Grandmother was in the Army during WWll and grew up during the depression one would think my DNA is part Wonder Woman, sadly this is not the case. Is it due to taking on male lifestyles which are more destructive and not congruent with our natural instincts that sabotages us? Is it due to body shaming and false advertising of what the feminine form should look like and this constant toxic bullying in cyberspace?
Or is it like the dark place where I went …where I cashed out my femininity to survive in the testosterone male dominate work environments to prove financial independence and then lost my identity along the path? Are there other woman out there who have ever done that?
I remember while in high school in the mid 80’s there was a rash of teen suicides. I even recall at that time there were moments I hated my life because of generation gap conflicts with my step-dad, not fitting in with my peers, not having my space or privacy with 6 siblings or just being a farm girl.
The articles I’ve recently read hit me quite hard… this past decade 2007-2017 there was a disturbing rise in suicides. What I found most alarming was discovering that the statistics of women suicides rose significantly. Young female adult/ teens stats doubled and female veterans jumped 85%.
By the time I elected early retirement from the military women to male ratio was 20% in the service and Global News published that the Government is trying to raise the numbers. I cannot help but ask, “Why?”
Truth be told, it was post military, where I was dealing with PTSD in silence that I hit my first darkest hour. There are many women who are physically capable to work along our brethren its those who set us up to fail that break us mentally.
If you are a someone who knows of someone or you yourself have thought about it ending their life to I encourage you to touch base with me. I really want to hear from others, to share your perspective or feelings.
YANA … (You are not alone)
“Source: CDC. National Vital Statistics System, mortality data: “The suicide rates for females aged 15–19 were lower than for males aged 15–19 but followed a similar pattern during 1975–2007 (increasing from 2.9 to 3.7 from 1975 to 1990, followed by a decline from 1990 to 2007). The rates for females then doubled from 2007 to 2015 (from 2.4 to 5.1). The rate in 2015 was the highest for females for the 1975–2015 period.” https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm.
Source: Military Times: “Researchers found that the risk of suicide for veterans is 21 percent higher when compared to civilian adults. From 2001 to 2014, as the civilian suicide rate rose about 23.3 percent, the rate of suicide among veterans jumped more than 32 percent.
The problem is particularly worrisome among female veterans, who saw their suicide rates rise more than 85 percent over that time, compared to about 40 percent for civilian women.”
Patricia Kime covers military and veterans health care and medicine for Military Times.