Suicide , let's start talking about it !

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How many times ?.............How often have you listened to a friend , a celebrity , an actor or actress , or even to someone in your own family say . " Sometimes I think about leaving this life " in so many words or so many ways of expressing ? How often ? And some of us are far better listeners than others , one of you or should I say US ,will immediately perc- up and become involved in that persons life ! Some of us will have a dumb spell --and let that beautiful soul's small attempt to reach out to someone actually pass without responding ! No one can blame us right , after all how does one react ? We don't know what to do , right ? We don't understand the emotional ride that others in life ,are truly on , do we ? But we could !

Or ,..........we could jump into any situation like this immediately and even though we are over our heads , even though it all feels "uncomfortable " even though we know nothing or at least very little , about the mind , about how to help , or of the personal trials of severe depression , anxiety , or whatever anti-social disorder that this person has . What we can do though is start talking ! Yes ! Take that person by the hand ,even that stranger , because in the end isn't that what we all really are anyways , but strangers ? Take ahold of that person and show that you truly care because we all do ! Don't we !

What can I do ?

Take that soul by the hand ,by the heart and by the mind and show them that , Yes , there is someone here who is available to listen to them , to help , to give a ride to , to dry those tears , to read their letters , return those e-mails , to become a soul mate to them for just a little while ! My God ! How can we as human beings just turn our heads the other way , away ! Pretend it wasn't said , to judge that urgent call as just " oh , they just want a little attention !" No , what we can do is to step up to the plate and to become the real hero ! The hero that actually saves someone's life , neither you or I would drive by an accident on the thru- way without stopping would we ? Hey , here's the thing . You might gain a new friend , a soul-mate for life ! A forever lover ,or a husband or a wife ! We might gain back some of our very own self respect , that life itself ,seems to be so able to take from each of us . "Let's talk about this "................and maybe we will all win .

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hey Ed, thanks for writing this, you are a true hero. I can so relate to this as a family member has suffered depression and been on the verge. I hope Robin Williams' death serves a purpose to make others treat depression as a serious and life threatening illness.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderfully done Ed, even the one suffering can help another suffering and it is good for both.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

It seems like we all live in our safe little cocoon and dare not venture out. Robin's death should wake us all. He had it all except happiness and we didn't know. Your poetry reminds us to venture out and be available if and when the time comes to help another. Beautiful Ed...


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi a horseback What a great hub about just being there for a person in trouble. I think the world has become somewhat crazy and that people don't reach out like they used to. If we see a person alone, why can't we reach out and be a friend and a good listener. Your ideas are great and some good can come from them. When people get old, they often need friends. Adopt an old person. Thanks for sharing. Blessings. Audrey


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ahorseback 2 years ago Author

I AM SO BLESSED TO KNOW THE MOST AWESOME HUBBERS ! I have , for four years now , been so blessed to have awesome people like U's ! Bless you all , Lets go make some changes now !.........:-}


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Thank you, dear Ed, for this thought-provoking piece to get us to wake up and really listen to others, and if we do ... really listen, I believe that makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for this powerful write and sharing your insight. So many are hurting in this world and I truly believe each and every one of us can do something!

Bless you dear heart for caring.


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ahorseback 2 years ago Author

Faith , thank YOU , I'm just a man of words , and maybe a good listener too . Yet we all could do so much more . Where did we get so jaded ? Our society has become so detached from our neighbors , friends , and even family . We can do this !.......:-}


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OnAngelsWings 2 years ago from Southern United States

We just had a local man here take his own life, in his own living room, maybe five minutes after speaking to his wife- she was stopping to get some to go on the way home from work and asked him if he wanted anything. He said "No, I'm good." When she got home, he was already gone. No one can really figure out what was so bad in his life that this happened....she is at a total loss. There were no warning signs (that anyone close to him noticed) so how could they have tried to help before it got to this point? It's just so unfair....


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ahorseback 2 years ago Author

The greatest irony of suicide is that it is so personal , who can know what one is truly thinking in life or about life . At any time ? No, it is only those who truly seek out help from a loved one that can be helped at all ! Unless we recognize the signs and only if those signs show up too ! Communicating like this may be our only way of finding answers , We love the people in our lives and maybe if we just showed that ....more ? Thank you OnAngelswings

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