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04:22 PM on 05/29/2013
My son took his own life 4 years ago. He was 19. No one knows what it is like to lose a child in this way. Beyond heartripping.
05:57 PM on 05/29/2013
I am so sorry. My sister killed herself at age 42, 15 years ago. She had two teenagers. The sadness of my mother is as much of a torture to me as my sister's death. My heart goes out to you.
06:45 PM on 05/29/2013
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son xo
mad as a hatter
04:11 PM on 05/29/2013
most people get depresses from drugs and drinking---if you expect happiness to come from a pill or anything other than your self --you are sadly mistaken----that comes from inside you and a person must take time out to find what makes them happy---maybe its as simple as rearranging priorities or being more spiritual and praying. but first you must accept the fact you have depression; study it, and then work on that part of your life alone or with help. most of us have it within ourselves to fix these things but others may need hospitalization. I feel for any one going threw this as it is very difficult because I had to go threw it alone.
02:42 PM on 05/29/2013
If you want to end your life go see a shrink. If that doesn't work tell your family or friends about your depression. If that doesn't work and you can find nothing positive in your life to live for try the shrink one more time. If you decide to end your life please make sure that you do not take innocent strangers or friends with you as they might not want to join your circle of doom.
05:13 PM on 05/29/2013
Thank you for the "not taking innocent strangers." People should consider that their very personal act may affect others; especially when death isn't by their own hand but uses others, i.e. train engineers.
10:44 PM on 05/29/2013
Thank You. I always thought that to include others in your demise was selfish to say the least.
06:30 AM on 05/31/2013
thank you for the comment about not involving others ... one of the worse things people do is decided to do "suicide by cop" the officers have to live with that the rest of their lives
09:54 AM on 05/31/2013
Very true.
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02:13 PM on 05/29/2013
hp, you have an emotional piece that can only be commented on with opinions and experiences..... either turn off comments or start letting posts thru......
Truth-Justice-And the American way !
02:09 PM on 05/29/2013
I am sure that many will scoff at this. I believe that that lack of faith in God and the rise in the suicide rate is connected. We have removed belief of God from everywhere. People in severe distress no longer have anything to turn to. It may sound foolish to many, but I think that it used to work in a crisis period, practically during times of emotional want and distress.
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03:05 PM on 05/29/2013
I agree. My boyfriend had tried to commit suicide, and his faith was lacking. As his faith gets stronger, he has much more desire to live.
02:03 PM on 05/29/2013
Suicide is a viable alternative to a life of intense physical pain.
02:00 PM on 05/29/2013
People, people, stop blaming antidepressants for suicides , but focus on the doctors who prescribe it with no follow ups. It's here try this attitude, without understanding the potential danger especially on hormonal teens. Suicide is most likely to happen as the person is coming up from a deep depression! When someone is seriously depressed they often lack the energy for a real suicide attempt.
How do I know this? I lost my young brother to suicide....
Oh and depression and drinking are the number one cause of suicides!
01:54 PM on 05/29/2013
when someone you love dies, naturally or accidentally, It's devastating. When they left you by their own choice, it's more than devastating. It takes a long time to process it, and it's a process. I can see why people choose that, I do understand on some level. I've just been the one that wasn't enough to keep someone here, I always hope I will be someones enough, someones reason not to commit suicide, because they just couldn't, knowing the heartbreak they would cause me.
Its A Good Ride
01:42 PM on 05/29/2013
Spiritual words bring hope and peace to many who are lost and feeling suicidal. No one has to accept what they do not agree with, but this certainly is not a thread where such words should be moderated. It is sad to see a thread such as this limiting age old words of comfort that may indeed actually help someone who is in trouble. Lighten up mod.
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01:36 PM on 05/29/2013
The pain, guilt, and trauma inflicted on a loved one by a suicide is unimaginable. Life is never again the same. Everything we do has an effect on the people we love, whether it be positive or negative. Choose the positive... There is hope! No one knows what is around the corner and it is often much better than we imagined... There is help.
04:26 PM on 05/29/2013
Thank U ..... I hope so :)))
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01:24 PM on 05/29/2013
HP, if you want honest dialogue on suicide you have to allow it! Wasn't that to be the point of this essay?
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01:15 PM on 05/29/2013
It's not personal...just politics and business…yeah Right. Society seems to have made its choice people don't seem to come first anymore...looks like we're only getting what we pay for...and sometimes not even that.
12:44 PM on 05/29/2013
Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. How you react is 100% based on your perspective. Change your perspective and you can change your life.

People are quick to blame our emotions on other people while failing to see how much control over ourselves we truly have. Sad really... and I doubt many will be willing to put their finger down long enough to realize what I am talking about.

No one takes control of their thoughts or actions... we're not made to. We get unhappy and want an easy pill to fix it. The Great Depression had less suicides than today... don't be quick to blame the environment. Bullying is a natural social order (wrong nonetheless) and that has been around since the dawn of time... we are growing weaker as society in my opinion.
01:17 PM on 05/29/2013
i think you really hit the nail on the head there
It's never too late to be what you could've been
01:25 PM on 05/29/2013
We had better belief systems & family structure during the Great Depression, that's for sure.
12:18 PM on 05/29/2013
There is suicide, and then there is ending one's life. Having worked in the medical arena with the elderly ill and the terminally ill, I see these as two very different processes that too often get lumped together. For a person with a relatively healthy body and a future ahead of them, suicide is an ignorant and myopic heartbreak - A permanent end to a temporary situation, inflicting trauma and pain on those left behind. This is a tragedy. People need to know they have options. And thank you John, for starting the dialogue.
However, for a person at the end of life, losing connection to body or mind, or kept alive by machines and chemicals, suicide can be one final defiant act of power and control. There is a BIG difference.
Also, there have been several studies suggesting that when those in the grips of depression give back to others in some way, they begin to heal. If the gift of your life isn't valuable to you, then at least do something with it that makes a positive difference for someone else.
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12:16 PM on 05/29/2013
The surviving loved ones of a successful suicide are indebted to their lost family member/friend forever... Many people will not talk about it because the guilt, the what ifs, and the trauma, are overwhelming. Some will never forgive themselves for a loved one's suicide, even knowing they were helpless to change it... The agony is lifelong and hard to put into words. Anyone contemplating suicide should find good counseling and seek hope, but they should also ask themselves if they are willing and able to saddle their survivors with a lifetime of pain and regret. Seek hope and purpose, there is always someone their who loves you, even if you do not know it. Turn to the other door; the door that leads to life. Tomorrow will be better, I promise.