How do we know when someone is going through something painful?
What about when we are struggling silently but don’t know where to turn?
Fact: Suicide is not an isolated event.
Fact: There is more to suicide than suicide itself
All of you do that and have it in you to naturally want to share. Sometimes, we may feel our sharing might be being a downer…maybe we are concerned more of burdening someone else…maybe we are scared of being rejected.
I am sure all of us have had a time where we open up and begin to share our story then we feel shut down. Some of us may not even get that far. Then we withdraw, then we isolate, then…we start to believe no one cares about us at all. How do we break the cycle of suffering in silence?
I was watching a video from the person surviving jumping off the second highest bridge in the state of California, the Golden Gate bridge. He is the only one that has survived, to date. He suffered in silence and now he speaks out encouraging others to share so they can learn that even if you are having thoughts of suicide, feelings of hopelessness and just wanting all the pain to stop, you can still find hope by giving yourself the chance to speak about that dark place you are in. If you would like to hear his story, web search the name Kevin Hines or click his name here: Kevin Hines.
He confides that had he had someone just showed they cared, it would have talked him off the ledge.
Ask. And when someone does, that could be the opportunity to share your story. If no one asks, breathe, pause and consider what is one thing that is keeping you uncertain about choosing suicide or choosing life.