I just read an article directed at preventing suicide in Malaysia, but the truth is we need to prevent suicide everywhere. If you would like to read the article, check my Tragic Facts page.
For me suicide is a big deal. Over the past year we have lost several wonderful actors to this tragic ordeal, but this isn’t why I talk so much about suicide. I’m a survivor. I attempted suicide when I was about nineteen years old. It took a long time for me to come to peace with my actions. And just like a knock on the bathroom door saved my life, I will help in any way I can to save someone else.
The article referenced a variety of risk factors:
“Some of the key risk factors which contribute to suicidal ideation and attempts are mental illnesses, substance abuse, chronic illness, severe social isolation, traumatic relationship conflict and loss. A simple way of looking at it is to think of suicide as a last-resort coping mechanism when someone is overwhelmed with a variety of burdens and stresses that he or she is no longer capable of bearing alone.”
I wanted to share this specific part of the article because this addresses the issue of suicide. There are a number of problems a person can experience that leads to suicide, but the conflicts are only half the story. The other part belongs to the word alone. It’s dealing with the issues alone that forces a person to resort to an end they believe is the only way out. This is where people come in. This is where you come in.
Can you think of a way to help someone considering suicide?