Loneliness Is Something To Pay Attention To

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

While Timmothy's cartoon is funny and with Covid many of us can identify with it one aspect is not so funny... loneliness can lead to many serious mental health issues and even to suicide.

I am sure the stats are much higher after 2020 with all that has gone on but they still get the message across... suicide is a serious problem.

Not that I trust much of what the CDC has to say these days but when it comes to this topic I think it is worth viewing their site on this topic. SUICIDE 

With the huge emphasis on LBGT issues lately I found the last sentence in the paragraph below from the CDC site to be very interesting.

Some groups have higher suicide rates than others. Suicide rates vary by race/ethnicity, age, and other factors, such as where someone lives. By race/ethnicity, the groups with the highest rates were non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic White populations. 3 Other Americans with higher than average rates of suicide are veterans, people who live in rural areas, and workers in certain industries and occupations like mining and construction.5,6 Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual have higher rates of suicidal thoughts and behavior compared to their peers who identify as heterosexual.7

Regardless of why someone may mention that they are feeling suicidal we need to pay attention. Listen when they speak, don't just consider it "a mood". Get someone involved who can help. Myself, I would as if they are involved in a spiritual group (church) and encourage them to talk to their Pastor.

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Comments (13)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing this information.

Many have been unable to cope with the difficult times. So sad.

Jun 30, 2022 01:36 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Sadly Bob many folks have gotten lost in the shuffle this past few years.  And making things worse is the huge amounts of drugs coming into the country and murdering young kids and younger adults.  Everyone needs to pay attention to those around us who may be needing some help.

Jun 30, 2022 02:22 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Bob,

Isolating people has been the worst thing to happen in our country..Many have gotten lost in the shuffle and with the drugs making their way to every city and town in our country so many have resorted to pills to make them feel better. Kids social skills have been severely hampered and their desire to work and be productive has been pushed aside in favor of playing games on the computer and getting lost instead of facing reality. We all need to wake up and be cognizant of those around us and help those we can help.

Jun 30, 2022 05:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Correct Roy Kelley , I run a prison (jail) ministry and the bulk of the inmates are addicts because they haven't coped well.

Jun 30, 2022 07:22 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker even in a rural State like North Dakota we are over run with drugs. They come from Detroit and those dealers target the reservations first and then the young women in the cities.

Jun 30, 2022 07:30 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Bob they come from Detroit?  China via Mexico....just saying. Or perhaps a Canada connection?

Jun 30, 2022 08:08 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker for some reason we have a Detroit connection. They mostly come by Amtrak and our narcotics agents are waiting for them (if they are wanted already. The Ward County Jail has several in lock-up at any given time.

Jul 01, 2022 06:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You summarized it perfectly Dorie Dillard Austin TX . I follow crime closely due to my jail ministry and I could not have said it any better than you did.

Jun 30, 2022 07:32 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Loneliness definitely isn't a good thing and it certainly leads to some bad things mentally.  Everyone should have someone to talk to when they want to.  I seem to be different, I never really get lonely and actually seem to crave being alone.  Perhaps because the world around is so crazy, haha.

Jul 01, 2022 05:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I repeat my comment from the other day... I am continually amazed by your Timmothy and how he gets to the core of a thought in his comics. As for loneliness and isolation... I believe it's more of an epidemic than most people realize, especially for older people. Researcher have found that loneliness is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and that loneliness is 50% more likely to lead to premature death. Whether it's suicide or premature death, it's just scary to think about.

Jul 01, 2022 05:59 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Even in the Garden of Eden God said "it is not good for man to be alone" Brian England.  If you can't believe God who can you believe? 😊 BTW I certainly agree that the world is crazy. For that reason I am really glad I have my family to help keep me sane.

Jul 01, 2022 06:17 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It it truly is an epidemic Nina Hollander, Broker . The stats you mention are really scary,it makes me think about those couples who have been married for decades and when one dies the other follows, often in days. People DO die of broken hearts (so you better not dump me as your BARF 😤).

Jul 01, 2022 06:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Bob "RealMan" Timm hi Bob... no plans for me to go anywhere anytime soon! :)

Jul 01, 2022 06:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Bob. 

Have an outstanding holiday weekend. We have hot weather in Maryland.

Jul 01, 2022 07:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good Friday to you as well Roy Kelley . I believe we are just entering a streak of "normal" weather with highs in the high 70's and low 80's.

Jul 01, 2022 08:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

HI Bob- it is sad to think that someone sees nothing left in their life that they would rather not live. Drugs, decreased interpersonal time thanks to social media and children and adults forced to stay at home have made people feel lonely with no one to talk to. 

Jul 01, 2022 09:33 AM