Suicide isn’t painless

When people feel such an overwhelming amount of stress or pressure, for whatever reason, they will sometimes crack, and take their own lives.  I now know four people who have successfully achieved that, one at 16, worried about his GCSE’s results in 1991 in my year of school, one in her 20’s who hung herself a few years ago in a communal area of the building I live in, who had suffered with depression for some time, one who took an insulin overdoese in 1997 after losing his job, his girlfriend, and I’m sure other contributory factors, and a fourth this year by an overdose, due to depression caused by years of bullying, for simply being herself.

Sticks and stones can break bones, but name calling can have some pretty dire consequences too. Think, before you open your mouth.

R.I.P. to my friends who are no longer here.

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  1. #1 by aerynxv on September 27, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    I lost a really good friend, Conrad, to overdose. I spoke with him 2 days before he died, and I could tell he was manic, but I had my own problems. I let the concerns I had for my lesbian ex overwhelm my concern for a friend, who knew he needed help, but his disease kept him from asking. He’s gone. I did not even find out until a month later. I never called back. I turned my guilt into anger to get past it.

    • #2 by oopster74 on September 27, 2012 - 9:57 pm

      Chances are, there wouldn’t have been much you could have done to help your friend, which I know will be no comfort. Sorry for your loss.

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