Friday, March 19, 2010

And Now, Another ... and Another

Just 18 days ago, I wrote a post about Gina and Vanessa, two beautiful girls from a nearby community who ended their lives in a suicide pact, stepping into the path of an Acela train screaming by at 120 mph. 

Today's news brings word that a student from the same high school was found dead by his parents, after they went looking for him at the abandoned mill where his rock band practiced. He'd hung himself in that space where (you can picture it, right? because we've all been there in one form or another)  he was one with a song, maybe an electric guitar or keyboard, but more than likely, a teenage musician's dream of greatness.

And then there was my audible gasp as I read the Facebook status last night of my longtime, dear friend Michele.  Back on February 26, she posted the news that her brother (and only remaining sibling) learned his cancer has returned.  Last night, she shared with us the incredibly horrible news that his wife ended her own life, leaving their three kids (ages 15, 12, and 9) behind.

So much sadness.  And again, no words.

Except, again, these:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

My cousin Joey's Facebook group, The Equality Project

The Nemours Foundation page About Teen Suicide

American Academy of Pediatrics: Some Things You Should Know About Teen Suicide

The STAR Center (Services for Teens At Risk), a comprehensive research, training, and education center founded by the State of Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1986 to address adolescent suicide and depression.

photo taken by me 1/24/2010 at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
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1 comment:

Robin said...

Someone attempts suicide every MINUTE in the US.
Someone is successful every 16 minutes.

Depression and suicide are every bit as rampant a health problem as obesity in this country-- and no one discusses it. People are dismissive of the depressed as being "overly dramatic," mental wards rush their patients out before they are ready, those who are left behind mostly suffer in silence because the topic makes everyone uncomfortable.

Thanks for not keeping this to yourself, and for sharing avenues to find help.