And I’m glad. There will be enough talking heads spouting their opinions, doing more harm than good.
Case in point: A teenager in small-town Iowa committed suicide last July, and the local news anchor condemned the act on air with a stern reproach: “Suicide is never the answer.” As though he could scare away suicide with his disapproval. Of all the things to say, KWWL chose to render judgment rather than extend compassion.
The sad part is, the shame and hiding reinforces the crippling alienation (when in fact, sooooo many people are hurting).
The sadder part is, people will pretend to be compassionate and empathetic towards Bill Zeller NOW, when they never would have in real life. Same with all the publicized gay teen suicides over the past year. GIVE PEOPLE YOUR LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE WHILE THEY ARE ALIVE.
Not a single thing he wrote seemed "crazy" or even "abnormal" *given what he has been through* - I guess I share your amazement that more people do not succumb to suicide given the trauma life inflicts on so many.
Those who are suffering cannot speak their truths for fear of the condemnation of others - just look at your last post!!! People cannot even conceive of the kind of despair so many go through. They are the sort who judge suicidal people as selfish...all the while their only concern being how the death affects THEM. Hmmm.....
When I write about trying to come back from the brink of suicide, I sure as hell don't do it with my name attached. Would I ever work again (will I anyway, LOL), is there a snowball's chance I could be a legitimate member of society ever again?
I almost killed myself 3 years ago. And 2 years ago. And last year. There are a lot of days I feel as Bill did; the pain and darkness have been intertwined with your very being for so long that there's just no way out. Most days I don't see a way back from all that has happened. Your courage to keep trying gives me hope. I have tried to "get help" but not found the kind I really need. It's not as easy or available as everybody thinks ... and even if you DO get real help, that in itself incites revulsion in some. Is it any wonder that people feel trapped and hopeless?"