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A couple of days ago a young lady in our high school took her own life.

She was a freshman.

14, maybe 15 years old. Sad man, just sad.

I’m not sure why she did this. We’ll never know actually. But it broke my heart when I heard the news.

Her family has to be devastated. Our students are stunned. Shocked.

As a father of a 16 year-old daughter, the death hit home.

I knew the young lady. She always had a smile on her face. As I compose this entry, I am fighting back tears.

Suicide is a complex issue. Everyone has an opinion on it.

Who really knows what people are going through?

Everyone has problems.

No one is immune to them.

We can never tell what our friends or family are going through.

Suicide is often carried out as a result of despair, the cause of which is frequently attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder,[1] alcoholism, or drug abuse,[2] as well as stress factors such as financial difficulties, troubles with interpersonal relationships, and bullying

I found the above content on Wikipedia. I know it’s hard for someone to talk about these problems.

We keep things bottled up. Sometimes it’s too embarrassing for one to discuss what is going on. There’s shame. Call it what you want. But something has to be done.

I wish the young lady that took her life would have talked to someone. I wish someone knew that she was struggling.

There’s help.

Always someone willing to listen.

If you know someone who has talked of suicide, please do something. Don’t just sit there and do nothing. If you notice someone acting differently, speak up.

Life is tough, but we have to do all we can to stick it out.

We have to fight. We can’t let problems lick us. Gotta fight!

Bottom line is we have to work hard to get through our problems – and we need each other.

We can do it. Gotta band together.

I know it’s easier said than done, but we need to pull together and help.

As a group we can defeat suicide.