Writer’s Name: Sheri Henry-Harrigan
Title: The Game of Life
Suicide is a topic that hits home. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the number of suicide deaths is up to 36,909. That is a pretty high number. It doesn’t include the growing number of people who are suicidal. What is causing people to become suicidal? What are the signs that a person is suicidal?
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website these are the warning signs of suicide:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill one’s self.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
So what is one to do when a person displays any of these warning signs? The first thing to do is to get them some professional help. If that doesn’t work then the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK is available. Suicide isn’t a joke and most people don’t realize that they are contributing factors to the issues of a person. They say “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Well that saying is a lie! Words do hurt and if they come from someone that you love they will never be forgotten. I have been hurt by loved ones my whole life. Now that I have a child of my own I will never let him feel the heartache I felt growing up.
As a person that was at one point suicidal I know how hard it can be to deal with certain issue; like when there is no one to talk to or nowhere to go or when people make fun of you and constantly put you down. My suicidal attempts came from the pressures of trying to please everyone. Living my life knowing I was by myself even though I had all these people around, made me so depressed that I attempted to slit my wrist at the age of twelve just to escape the hell I lived. I have so many suicidal stories of my own that it isn’t funny. However I managed to cope with my depression by seeking professional help. And I urge you or anyone you know to do the same. It helps and can prevent a tragic accident from destroying a family.
Life to me is just a game that we are all trying to win. But we all are not dealt the same cards. We must take the cards that we are dealt with and try to end up with a good hand. For some it will come easy, for others it will be hard. The goal is not to give up because once you do you lose. Giving in to depression and other issues takes you out of the game. I understand that times get hard because I have been there and done that but you can rise above it with the right help.