Take a minute, Change a life!

downloadSeptember is Suicide Prevention month.  Suicide can be a heavy topic to discuss, but it is something that needs to be talked about.  Around 1,100 college students commit suicide each year.  That’s a pretty alarming amount.  In an effort to bring more awareness to the emotional impact of suicide, the Student Health and Counseling Services, H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center in collaboration with ASI, Gender Equity Center, Pride Center, and Campus Activities Board, along with USU Live! will be hosting a concert on September 21, with a special performance by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus at 7pm in the USU Amphitheater.  A pre-show event begins at 6pm in USU Ballroom C with guest speaker, Joyce Bruggeman, from San Diego Survivors of Suicide Loss.

Suicide not only ends an important life, but it largely impacts the lives surrounding the individual who commits suicide.  The complex part of suicide is knowing the warning signs of someone you may know and how to approach them.  It’s really a touchy subject, because questions in your mind could surface such as “If I ask him or her directly, won’t that make one want to commit suicide, putting the idea in his or her mind?”  The answer is “No”.

By attending these events, you can be better equipped at knowing what to do, in case you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal ideation.

They often say that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  Coming from personal experience, at one time, I was in a really bad place in life.  Many events happened in such a short period of time, that life didn’t feel worth living anymore.  I, myself, had suicidal ideation, to the point where I attempted suicide, but luckily, failed.  I felt so alone, so much pain, so much distress.  All the negative emotions that one could feel, was what I had felt.  Life seemed bleak.  Life seemed like death was the best option, but it wasn’t.

Looking back at my experience, I realized how fortunate I was to have been able to get out of the dark depressive state.  A temporary blip in life almost had me miss out on precious life events that I have experienced since my attempt.  If I had killed myself, I would have never seen my first nephew.  He brings so much joy into my life.  I was also able to find an activity that balances my emotions and makes life much brighter: my consistent yoga practice.  I was also able to become a certified yoga instructor.  I will also graduate in December.  Something I’ve been working toward, obtaining my Bachelor Degree and walking, is something I could have potentially missed out on.  If I ended my life, I know that my family would never be the same again.  I didn’t know it, but I bring a lot happiness toward my family.  To think I could have lost out on these life moments that make life worth living, gives me chills.  Thankfully, I was able to seek help and support, and I’ve even called the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, talk to someone you trust and someone that cares about and loves you.  You’d be surprised that even a random stranger would want to uplift you and bring you out of the darkness.  Times when I have cried in public, I had complete strangers come up to me to try to comfort me.  Although the world can seem like a lonely dark place, it really isn’t.  There’s a lot of people in this world who truly care.

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