When my friend told me about her sister in law, I was shocked, sad, and frustrated that I can’t be there to do more to help her. Now, a young teen and her father are left without their third and my friend grieves while helping them try to function again.
When I heard about my old colleague, I was sad of course. But this time I was angry as well. Yes, angry. If he had reached out, said something of the struggles he was having, people would have helped.
The majority of people contemplating suicide don’t necessarily want to die, they just want the pain they are experiencing to end. If they are able to share the pain by talking about it with someone: a friend or relative, a counselor or doctor, seemingly small conversations can make a huge difference.
I’m angry about my old colleague’s death because there are other ways out of crap situations.