Savi's Talks: Suicide.
by, 22nd January 2013 at 10:21 AM (393 Views)
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than what other people think or say or do. It is more than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...The only thing we can do is play on the string we have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes." -Charles Swindoll
Sometimes people feel down, and then sometimes, people feel so down and they can't get back up. Suicide is a huge taboo which is sadly a cause of many young-adult, teenage, middle-aged, and even elderly and children deaths. It's a hard thing to swallow, and it causes a huge downfall on the people around the victims.
There are many myths about suicide. One common one is that it is cowardly, it is a choice, and that it is selfish. Ultimately suicide is someone's choice, but while people are busy judging and not helping the situation, they are pleading for help. Most people who commit suicide do not recieve the help they need, which can often be looked upon as 'it was their choice'. Well no, it was not their choice.
I understand that to commit suicide you have to be in a very dark place, where reaching out is your only option. People have to find you and reach you, to understand you, to take the time to listen and do the best they can to prevent this dark thing of taking hold and not letting go. Depression is a huge factor with suicide, it is not easy. My twin sister Eva has been clinically depressed for 6-7 years now, and it is so hard. Sometimes she is a happy, bubbly, loving girl, and then she becomes this upset, angry, confused and empathetic girl. She's not bipolar, she's just severely depressed because of bullying.
Bullying. I cannot fathom how someone could purposely belittle someone in order to feel better about themselves or just look cool in general. Bullying is definitely a huge underlying factor in suicide, and depression. You know, I just don't see how you could sit there and insult someone just to make them feel bad. You aren't helping ANYONE.
The above makes me so sad sometimes, knowing that people are asking for help and they do not receive it. Maybe they don't talk about it, maybe they're always smiling, but it's not so much physical appearance that gives warning signs. It's the attitude. People who're severely depressed and/or suicidal can't hold conversations, they don't sound happy, they don't act happy, they don't talk, they avoid confrontation or speaking because they're scared. They're so scared that someone is going to reach into their 'deep dark place' and push them further in. They're so scared that no one is going to help them and pull them out and into the real world. They're afraid, of almost everything. Give someone a reason not to be afraid.
Suicide shouldn't be a taboo anymore. It should be talked about, discussed, nor glorified or looked down upon. I think 2013 should bring changes to this sort of thing, especially how well educated people are on it. If you know someone who has been down lately, make sure to try and brighten up their day a little. If you know someone who is severely depressed then contact a help line, or just be there for them. Nothing is worse than having no one when you're alone.
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