If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.
I know this is late but I was in the hospital and dealing with my own suicidality when Robin Williams died. One of the hardest things for me to deal with about my chronic mental health issues (besides my symptoms) is that if I finally die because of them, almost nobody will remember me for my fight. No one will remember me for somehow managing to live past 16; 20; 22; 25. Instead I’ll be remembered for failing to live longer than I did. I can’t think of any other chronic high-fatality illness in which people memorialize your death as a failure instead of a life-long struggle.
For every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.
You cant really blame guns on suicide, come on thats undeniable
Yes I Can. It turns out that there is often a very small window for suicidal thoughts to manifest into action…that if you can’t figure out a way to kill yourself in a 10 minute window, you’ll wise up and figure out how to make it through. This is indicative of the biochemical nature of depression…it isn’t really about how you’re feeling or what’s happening in your life, it’s biochemical disease that can be treated with medication.
It is extremely important (especially if there are young people in the home) that there is no way for them to get access to a gun in that 10 minute window. If there is a key and they can find it, you are putting your family at risk because severe depression can often have a very sudden onset.
Access to a gun triples your chances of death by suicide. To be clear, it does not increase the chances of suicide by gun, it increases the chances of self-inflicted death of any kind.
For starters, here is a link to a fairly informative article.
I would like to preface this by saying: I understand concern. My brother committed suicide. I know what it’s like to not only be worried for a loved one’s safety, but to actually lose them to themselves.
I’d like to say that, if my parents tired to have me committed when I was a legal adult, I would have walked away and they would have never seen me again either. If I thought that my friends and the police were helping them, no one would found me. You aren’t paranoid if they really are out to get you. They want to take away this woman’s rights and freedom because her parents pushed her til she broke.
I was in a similar situation. My parents pushed and pushed me in college until I had a nervous breakdown. So I left. I moved away and stayed with friends. When things stress you that bad, you get away from them. And that is what she has done. I wish her the best of luck. I hope she heals and I hope she finds good friends. But I hope she isn’t found unless she wants to be.