Suicide has claimed another victim today.
I say that because they are victims. Victims of circumstance, victims of heartache and hopelessness. Victims of pain and anxiety. Victims of depression and defeat. There is no discrimination, it affects the rich, the poor, the black, the white, the famous and the unknown.
In the last 2 years, I personally know of 4 people that have taken their own lives. Most for reasons unknown. Leaving behind friends and family to question everything they knew of their loved ones. I have 2 friends that lost their husbands to suicide. My niece lost a love to suicide. A young woman that I knew in ministry circles committed suicide just a few weeks ago.
Suicide is on the increase for sure. I didn't know of anyone taking their own lives during my childhood or young adult life. My uncle committed suicide in the nineties and at that time, the shock was overwhelming. Today, unfortunately it is reported much more often. I have heard over the last year that suicide is not only an answer to health problems or depression but financial reasons as well. I cannot even fathom taking my own life for any reason, much less money.
Why is suicide the only way out for a lot of people? How do we get to the point where suicide is the answer? How do we get to a place in our lives where our pain is more important than those we leave behind? When does death become more appealing than life? I wish I understood that dark place but to be honest, I cannot even go there. So here I am, trying to make sense of it all. Seeking answers for those left behind hurting and confused.
I am listing some great articles and websites for us all to be aware of, to read and to have handy in order to make a difference.
I guess for now we can all do better at being a friend, a lover, a support system or a kind ear.
Please, if your life gets to the point where it doesn't seem like living, seek help. Seek a friend, a family member, a pastor, a counselor or a doctor. Call the suicide helpline tel:1-800-273-TALK.