Life is fun, full of laughter and it is also hard and unpredictable, an emotional never-ending roller coaster.
As we live and grow, we make friends, date, work and we learn life is not fair and there's not much we can do about it.
Regardless of what may occur in life there is always an answer. Those friends we made and the families we were born into who love us and made memories with are essential in life. No one wants or deserves to be alone.
In today's society with social media there seems to be an increase in bullying regardless of age. People hiding behind a computer or smartphone encouraging others especially kids to harm or kill themselves.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, , according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 4,600 lives ended sooner then they were intended.
Adults find themselves in situation believing there is no way out, no light at the end of the tunnel.They believe there are no other options.
In recent months, local law enforcement agencies have responded to several suicides.
Suicide is never the answer. As my friend and colleague says, suicide is the most selfish act one could do. It hurts everyone around the person. Family and friends are left behind confused with questions that will never be answered. A void where a loved one once stood. It's a tragic event for those left behind.
According to the CDC, suicides deaths of all kinds totaled 41,149 in 2013.
It's a serious health problem with lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, friends and the community.
While most people don't understand why anyone would resort to taking their life we must all understand the causes that lead to such an act. For example, anyone with mental issues and victims of bullying. Several key indicators of those contemplating such an act include depression, changes in personality, a sudden interest in death, giving away their possessions and saying goodbye.
With proper treatment and a listening nonjudgmental shoulder to confide in the course of one's life can be altered.
Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should not be expected to get over their feelings. If they have the courage to speak with you do not dismiss them. Listen to them quietly and find adequate care promptly. Don't keep it a secret.
If you are the one experiencing these thoughts ask yourself, can I really hurt my family, parents, spouse, children? How would you feel if someone you loved would take their life?
Take a few minutes to absorb the questions.
Once this act is committed there is no way to undo such an action. Death is permanent.
But there is hope. Life can be different; the dark cloud looming over your head can be blown away.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline has operators available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-273-8255.
Finding help for yourself or anyone with suicidal thoughts saves lives. Know that you are wanted and that you are loved.