I'm sure that many of us recall the rule our parents set about calling our grandparents at least once a week, but how often do we do it? According to recent studies from the National Strategies for Suicide Prevention, the suicide rate in elderly is now 13 per every 100,000 people. The real issue is that there are not enough suicide- support programs for elderly.
Our society spends so much money on teen suicide prevention that we neglect the elderly, who may very well be suffering from depression. Why are our elders so upset? It could be due to loneliness -- the nonexistent phone calls and visits from family, or maybe the fact that age slows us down.
There should be programs regarding suicide prevention for youth; but the elderly should not be disregarded. Depression and suicidal thoughts are possible for anyone; we should be searching for more funding for the elderly. And don't forget to call your grandparents this week.
SARAH A. SKITCH