SUICIDE: Listen to them

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After the recent suicides, Iíve seen some really dumb people commenting on posts through Facebook.

Some people are saying not to use the word ďsuicideĒ when talking about those who take their own lives. They want everyone to say ďpassed away by their own hands,Ē or one even said ďkilled themselves because they couldnít handle life.Ē What?

We, as a community, need to be more caring and listen closely to how people talk!

I myself have had to use the #Suicide Hotline.

I had to use it because when certain friends and family found out I was having problems, they said this: ĒIím busy. Can we talk tomorrow or the next day?Ē Or ďI donít know what to say!Ē

Well I can tell you, these kind of words and actions that go with it will make people take their own lives.

Suicide can and does affect everyone of all ages, from teens who are bullied to elderly who are sick or canít take care of themselves anymore.

Or in my case, guilt.

Living with things that have happened in your past, whether itís something you did or someone did to you ... guilt kills slowly.

Please! Please listen to your friends and family ó heck, even someone you donít know.

Help support them with a shoulder to cry on, an arm to hold them and an ear to listen to them.

We, as a society, must learn to love others more than material things.

Things can last, yes. But will your child? Spouse, parents, friends, neighbor?

CHRISTINE ALLEN

Suicide Survivor

Coeur díAlene

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

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