I have been toying with the subject of this post for weeks now. I started thinking about it when my Facebook newsfeed blew up with posts about a new show on Netflix that was bringing a lot of attention to bullying and suicide.
The reviews I read were mixed. Some of my friends really liked it and felt like it opened their eyes to problems that their children might be facing. They also felt like it gave them an opportunity to talk with their kids about these serious subjects. Both of those outcomes are awesome. Others that have watched it have said that it was too graphic and they felt like it glamorized suicide.
I have not not seen the show or read the book that inspired it, and I really have no intentions to do either. Although I am not naive to the fact that life is graphic, and terrible, horrific things happen to people every single day, I do not like to fill my mind with those images if I can help it. I have also read too many emails and news stories expressing concern about the negative effect this show may be having on vulnerable teenagers.
**Here are a few links to news articles if you are curious... CNN article, Scientific American article (which brings up a valid point that this is not the first time in history where a show, book, or media coverage of suicide has produced a rash of "copycat" suicides), USA Today article (which brings up the mental illness issue related to suicide and how just being kind can't help everyone. People who are having thoughts of suicide because of mental illness need medical attention ALONG WITH kindness.)
In the Scientific American article that I mentioned above, I found this quote...
"...the message that suicide can have simple, or a simple set, of causes, or that suicide represents some type of solution, is unfortunate. There is never one reason why, or even thirteen."
Suicide is not simple, nor is it a good solution to overcoming problems. It is heartbreaking for everyone involved and even those not involved. My heart literally aches with sadness whenever I hear of anyone taking his/her own life, even if I have never met them.
I know we will never be able to prevent suicide from happening, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to reach out and help others who are struggling. I also know that not many people will read this post or watch my video, but in my own desire to do something to help, this is one way that I feel I can help, even if I only ever reach 1 person.
In my desire to help, I offer only 1 thing...1 reason, if you will, why you should not consider taking your own life...
I am passionate about getting this message out there, but I cannot do it alone. I am asking for your help. Please share this post, or at the very least, the YouTube video. Let's get these two words out there and let's get to work reaching out to others and assisting them in getting the help that they need. I know that I am not a doctor who specializes in mental health, nor am I a researcher who has spent years researching suicide. I realize that the things that I say or write are simply my opinion and you can either take my opinion or leave it. However, I hope that something that I have said will at least get the ball rolling for someone; that through my words, spoken or written, someone will find the strength within his or her self to reach out and ask someone for help.
You matter...we ALL matter.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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