Good afternoon, Dear Readers!
By now, I’m sure many of you have heard about Robin Williams’ untimely death yesterday. It’s such a great tragedy when someone commits suicide. He seemed like a good man, & was a wonderful actor. I loved his more dramatic roles, such as in “Awakenings”, “What Dreams May Come” & “Insomnia.” He was very talented! I pray God comforts all affected by his tragic death.
My hope is that this sad situation will help to raise awareness of mental illness, depression & suicide prevention & help to remove the stigma of such things. These things should never be taken lightly or mocked, yet sadly they are.
I have spent more time than I care to admit in my life suicidal, & I can tell you, it is a terrifying, dismal place to be when you are in that depth of despair. It feels as though there is no escape other than death, & death seems to be calling you. There is no hope, & no desire to go on living. After all, you believe no one will care if you’re gone anyway, so what is there to live for?
If you are suffering with depression, PTSD or C-PTSD, you know these feelings all too well. Please, please PLEASE do not act like they are no big deal! Talk to someone! If you don’t have someone safe to talk to, there is always the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their phone number is 1 (800) 273- TALK. Someone is waiting to talk to you there who can help you. Please call them. You are here for a purpose! God loves you as you are, & wants you to be here at this time to fulfill a special purpose that only you can fulfill. You may not feel it, but you are greatly loved, & the world would not be the same without you!!
If you never have battled suicidal feelings, you are truly blessed! Chances are, however, that you may deal with someone who is at some point in your life. Please be gentle, supportive & understanding when talking with them. Listen to what this person has to say. Don’t give them useless advice such as “think happy thoughts.” Being suicidal is much more than thinking negatively. Don’t judge them, & offer input only if you are asked for it. Try to see what the person is saying through their eyes, not yours. Display unconditional love, empathy & support. Pray with this person & for him or her.