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Letter of the day | Take suicide threats seriously

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Suicide is a major problem in our society. While we try to preserve the only life we have, others are trying to lose theirs intentionally. Can people hurt so badly that they resort to killing themselves? Well, you never know if you don't feel the hurt the way they do.

"Why is life so complicated?" was the brief suicide note of the bravest 17-year-old I've ever met who was almost successful in his second suicide attempt. Having lived with an uncommon speech disorder for most of his life, young David had a hard time finding acceptance among his peers. He was once referred to as an "incomplete human being" by his dad after a severe scolding. David figured he had overstayed his welcome on Earth, and chose to end his life by drinking rat poison with hopes of dying in his sleep. Fortunately, he survived. But how much longer will it be before he makes another?

Our bankruptcy in love and genuine care for people with special needs drives up suicide rates.

When someone threatens to commit suicide, take it seriously, even if you cannot understand they pain they are going through. Everyone deals with pain differently. We can reduce suicide rates by doing very simple things like: treating others nicely as often as we can; genuinely getting involved in the lives of others through lending a listening ear; or politely offering words of encouragement and hope.

Suicidal thoughts are more tempting in the absence of consistent love and care. This is not too much to ask.

Nimi Princewill