This is an excerpt from a post I wrote in the summer of 2012, when my hairdresser (who I thought of as a friend) committed suicide. In fact, I wrote that post almost exactly two years ago. Today, it seems like a good time to re-post this, as the death of Robin Williams has brought the contentious issue of suicide to the world’s attention. My sentiments behind this post remain the same, that if you face dark times, you can get through them and you do not have to do it alone.
Yesterday I found out that Mitch had died. That he had taken his own life. I didn’t want to believe it. But sadly it’s true. It has shocked our small community. Nobody can believe it.
Now I feel like begging people around the world, begging any one who has suicidal thoughts, please don’t kill yourself.
There is always something worth living for. When the black cloud of depression descends, please know that you are not alone.
Talk to someone. If you don’t feel like you can talk to someone you know, you can talk confidentially and anonymously to the Samaritans. You can get through the dark times. And you don’t have to do it on your own.
Mitch, I’m really going to miss you. Rest in Peace. x
Robin Williams was greatly talented and touched many people’s lives through his exceptional performances. So many people take their own lives every year, and any suicide is deeply saddening and often confusing to the people left behind. These feelings seem to be heightened by the death of someone so talented and esteemed as Robin Williams. I also hope that with this, there comes a heightened awareness of suicide and how to cope with suicidal thoughts and depression. This blog post is an attempt to remind anyone suffering in this way, that you can be strong, and you can get through it. Suicide is not the only option, even if it feels that way right now.