Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Feeling Suicidal?

Lately it seems so many people are struggling with depression. I know of several teens who cut themselves in an effort to feel something. Many of them are dealing with suicidal thoughts.

This is not just limited to teens, of course. I've known a lot of people who have seriously contemplated suicide, and my life has been touched by family and friends who have successfully left us this way.

If you've read my other posts, you won't be surprised that I listen to music all the time. I was listening to Evanescence this morning, in particular My Immortal. It is said that she wrote it on the suicide of a loved one. I don't know if this is true or not, but it perfectly captures how it feels to be one of the people left behind.

If you're considering suicide, please look up the lyrics to My Immortal. If you have any love left for anybody in your life, listen to it thinking how they will feel. Please don't put them through this.

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just so much that time cannot erase

Sounds a lot like any of you considering suicide, but it also completely describes those who have survived a loved one's suicide. Read on, and think of anybody who has tried to help you. Before responding with "Nobody cares, nobody has tried," be honest with yourself. You know there have been people in your life who tried to reach you. Sometimes people give up because they think they're not able to help and not wanted. Here's some more lyrics:

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me.

Consider those you love, and find a way to struggle through the pain until you get some relief.

This blog is meant to highlight ways that others can impact a life. I hope I can touch at least one life today.


Chandira said...

I have a friend who went to shoot himself one day, everything was all in place, and he walked out into the yard with his gun. He didn't want to make a mess in the house. As he was closing the door, the phone rang. It was his sister on the line, screaming that his nephew was about to blow his own brains out with a gun! Needless to say, my friend didn't pull the trigger, but went over to help his nephew.

That same friend, I dreamt one day, very vividly, was driving me in a car. He drove us over a cliff,a nd in the dream, it was like groundhog day, only worse. Endlessly repeating terror, as we realise the mistake of what we'd just done. Again and again and again.

Alexa said...

My godfather hanged himself in August last year. I didn't know the truth until like 2 weeks after his funeral. My good friend (who is also his colleague-- he was her mentor) and I hadn't been able to talk about it until now. He was such a loving, jolly man but he was also very depressed for a long time, just that we didn't know about it. And that is our biggest regret-- that knowing we could have helped him.

Sometimes, all people want is for us to reach out- without saying a word. We just have to hear them in the silence.

Bond Hunter said...

Wonderful post. I deal with teens and children all the time that are suicidal and suffering from depression. Please send me a direct link to your site, silly Blog Explosion won't gimme an address. If you'd like I have a counseling and referral site up and running on Blog Explsion. I also have a site on Blogger that deals with my counseling on but haven't really been updating it too much.

Blanco said...

First I wanted to thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment about my blog at BlogExplosion.

Second I chose this entry to comment on since my father committed suicide when I was 2. I never knew him, but on rare occasion still harbor a little anger for him denying me the chance to have a father.

I find great comfort in the lyrics of My Immortal. It reminds me that life is worth living, no matter how tough it gets my heart still believes that tomorrow can be a better day.

Keep smiling and keep inspiring, it's such an easy gift to share.