Suicide watch: Everyone needs to be involved, aware

DILLON SANDFIER
Staff Writer

Every year, 34,000 Americans take their own lives. Why?

This statistic should not be accurate, but it is.

I would actually bet that we all know at least one person who has considered suicide–possibly even attempted it.

Perhaps you have come to a point in your life where nothing seems right; you do not feel that your life is relevant to anyone or that all of your loved ones would be better off without you. It could even be that you are just tired of living and you are mentally, physically and emotionally drained, and you wonder, “Where do I go from here?”

For those of you who feel this way, know this: there are people out there who love you and who want to help you succeed. I know life can get hard sometimes, but never take it upon yourself to end it.

There are so many resources out there just for you. The trial you are currently in is just a bump in the road of your life; do not let anyone make you believe that this situation is worse than it actually is. There is always hope.

If you are feeling this way, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit the website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You can also talk to a friend or relative or even go see a counselor.

For those of you who have never felt suicidal, this message is also for you. It is your job to notice when people are hurting.

My whole life I have heard people say how selfish suicide is, and to an extent, I agree. However, isn’t it also selfish of us not to pay enough attention to notice when someone is being distant or when someone has pretty much just given up on life? We get so plugged into our own lives that we become completely oblivious to the things happening around us.

Within a 10-mile radius of my home in Joaquin, I know of four deaths by suicide in the last few weeks and also of an attempted suicide. Keep in mind that this is a town with a population of about 1,000 people.

Suicide is becoming more and more common, and we have got to do something about it.

Dillon Sandifer is a sophomore journalism major from Joaquin.

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