I am humbly coming before you to talk about a taboo subject.
TEEN/YOUNG ADULT SUICIDE
This may appear as if I have had “mudd on my face”. On this very blog I have discussed the short cut of suicide, and how I felt it was selfish. Wow. Am I the biggest hypercritical person to head this conversation. I thought people who did this were selfish, and wanted an easy way out without thinking about the loved ones left behind.
I was wrong. I have a survivor mentality that could not understand giving up life due to my personal struggles, and my ability to overcome. I never really understood people with active depression. I haven’t. I have always had someone to lift me up, someone to love me without judgement, someone who would stop whatever they were doing to simply LOVE me through it. Not everyone is so lucky. Not everyone has such inner strength. I am now ready to admit, not everyone, even with the best support can still overcome adversity the way I did. The only reason I can give is my children. I had to be a Mother, I had to take care of them. Not everyone is so lucky.
So, let’s talk. Let’s have the conversation. One of my best friends, recorded this –http://www.annemoss.com/2016/02/22/suicide-the-silent-serial-killer/
It seems to be the most humbling experience of my life. I guess I have become so immune knowing medicine would eventually intervene? It is almost impossible to be neutral because I was thinking we had a great healthcare system! Boy was I wrong. Did you know that if you go to the ER in a suicidal state a social worker will decide if you are serious or not? They have to display a detailed plan and several other things to be taken seriously. If they can’t? Guess what they are discharged with a reccomendation to follow up with a psychologist. Any guess how long that will take? Usually three to four weeks.
Our system is broken, and it is up to us to fix it! Let’s please all take a moment to “put our thinking caps on” and help put a stop to this needless loss of life.
-I was definitely wearing the mask! So, bravely, it is off – Stephanie Carter Taylor