WHY? WHY? WHY?

This past week our school experienced more tragedy.

A teenage girl committed suicide.

It’s the second time in a month.

This time it was a senior (Last month the young lady was a freshman.)

I’m not sure why these girls did this. We’ll never know actually. But it broke my heart once again.

I recall from back in the day a guy a few years older than me from our neighborhood took his life. I loved this guy. He was awesome. Great athlete. Great family. Great dude! He always treated me well.

The families have to be devastated. Our students are stunned and in shock.

The school has provided

As a father of a 16 year-old daughter, these deaths hit home.

I knew both of these young ladies.

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

Who really knows what people are going through?

Everyone has problems.

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.

There’s help but for some reason it must be hard for people struggling to reach out for help.

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.

Red

Hoops135@hotmail.com

 

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