A Truant Disposition

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One Paragraph About Suicide

Written By: Ainy Rainwater - Jun• 08•18

In the wake of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week there has been a tremendous number of posts encouraging people to seek help if they’re having trouble coping with life. Though this was prompted by celebrity deaths, people are dying, without such fanfare and outcry, every damn day. Statistics show that suicide rates are increasing, and in some areas by quite a bit. Suicide is always a shock because we never know. That’s the nature of the thing; while in some cases there may be physical pain, mostly the pain is an internal anguish without necessarily any dramatic outward sign. No one knows what a suicidal person is going through and that’s a huge part of the problem: the unbearable anguish is frequently silent and invisible. The person going through this thing that could result in their killing themself may not want to talk about it with people they know. The other side of the coin is that friends and family may not know what to say to someone who is so depressed they want to die, or they may say the wrong thing, or they may be (or be perceived to be) part of the problem. That’s why getting professional help is so important. Talking to someone who understands what you’re going through is vital and talking to a stranger confidentially about personal things is often easier than talking to someone you know. If you feel life has become unbearable you need to call the suicide hotline. No matter what you are going through, other people—people who did not kill themselves—have been through much worse and come out the other side, not because they are stronger than you are, or better than you are, but because they fucking got help! Feel like your life is out of control? Take control by asking for help. Feel like everything’s screwed up and you can’t do anything right? You can do one all-important right thing: it’s easy, make the call and get help. There. You’ve done it. It’s not going to be instantly fixed, but now you’re in touch with people who can help you. No one has to go through anything alone, ever. We live in the most connected time in the world’s history. Connect with someone who can help you live—because the world needs all the good people it has. We can’t lose you. You are important. (No, don’t argue with me about that. Someday you’ll realize I was right.)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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