The thought of suicide isn’t easy for anyone to deal with, especially when it hits close to home. I have had several family members commit or attempt this over the years, and I actually found the body of a suicidal man behind my house a few years ago. Just this last week now, I heard that the local high school was on lock down because of a gun threat. The cause? An 8th grader at the junior high shooting himself in school.
In lieu of revealing my location, here’s the article that highlights the incident: Student commits suicide in hallway at junior high school. The article states that none of the students in the area knew what was going on, and they thought someone else had been shot. When I originally heard the story though (from someone with a child there at the school), I learned that he killed himself in front of the girl he liked and that he was in fact a victim of bullying. The news may state otherwise, but I think that’s just a ploy to protect the school’s reputation.
Now the question is, how do I deal with something like that? How should you deal with something similar that happens in your town? The truth is, there’s nothing you really can do. I have used this as an opportunity to talk to my younger brother about bullying because he recently got in trouble for hitting a kid in the mouth. In the episode with the man behind my house, I used it as an opportunity to secure my home better and truly get to know my neighbors. You can be sad about the situation and learn from it at the same time. That’s what I’m trying to do.
If you or someone you know has a problem with suicidal thoughts, seek help right away. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always there to talk through your problems. With a little support, you should be able to make it out of whatever situation you’re in.