Certainly by know you’ve heard that co-founder of Reddit, creator of the RSS feed at age 14, and Internet activist Aaron Swartz, committed suicide.
The news hit me hard, as news of people committing suicide always does. Especially young people. It was the same week that I dug into Amanda Todd’s story. If you have time, watch her heartbreaking video and try to help someone who is being bullied in her memory. She was cyberbullied for months and at 15 took her own life.
Four years ago, my young son was suicidal as a result of PTSD and we were lucky to witness him coming out of the darkness because of proper treatment. If that same situation had happened when he was a little older and could carry a suicide plan out, our story could be very different.
My son’s story could have been Amanda’s or Aaron’s story. Tragic.
I long for a time when people don’t want to die and for a time when we all hear their cries. I long for a day when bullying doesn’t send already depressed, hurt people over the edge to choose suicide over reaching out for help until they get it and I long for them to fight to live.
If you are thinking suicide is an option for you, please reach out.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can offer support. Their phone number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). What you are feeling isn’t permanent and there is a way out. There are people who care about you and want you to live. I care and I want you to live.
If you think someone you know is at risk for killing themselves, here is a warning sign list. Out of 11 items on the list, I saw 9 of them in my son. If you are worried about someone, you can call, too. This is from their site:
Looking out for friends and loved ones is an important part of preventing suicide. You can call the Lifeline to speak with a crisis worker on behalf of someone you are concerned about. The crisis workers have access to local resources, and can help you identify ways to get help to your loved ones. So call 1-800-273-TALK today to help save a life.
By sharing my son’s story – who is doing well and hasn’t thought about suicide in nearly three years – I want to tell you things can get better. He survived and you or your friend or loved one can, too.
To my son, I say, “There is a way out, don’t leave us, you’re loved. There is always, always be a way out.” I want you to hear those words, too.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Julia Roberts is a skilled writer, speaker and tireless disability advocate. She can be found at TheOtherJuliaRoberts.com, writing at KidneysandEyes.com and managing SupportforSpecialNeeds.com. This post originally appeared on Aiming Low and was reprinted with permission.