The reason I’ve been struggling with this post for the past week and a half is because today is the 8th anniversary of my friend’s suicide. It’s such a weird time of year for me, since Mini Moo’s birthday falls less than a week prior to that. So there’s this huge build up to the kid’s birthday; days, weeks, months of planning the party (I went a bit nuts this year) and what gifts to get and an almost immediate crash into missing my friend even more than normal.
This year it’s even harder for me. I know someone who’s struggling with suicide. I don’t know this person well, but someone who’s really important to me knows this person really well. He’s a young person who doesn’t fully realize the impact suicide has on the people left behind. I miss my friend all the time. There are times where it’s so bad, I can’t function properly. There are times I’m so angry at her that I want to punch things, throw things, destroy things. I can’t yell at her, so what other option do I have? Most of all, I miss talking to her.
She was funny, so smart, loved animals, being active, and being with her friends. She adored her family. She had her own business. She was a light. She struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide. She had a hard time finding her own identity. She believed in God, but had a lot of questions that couldn’t be answered.
And now she’s gone.
We can’t ever talk to her over the phone. We can’t post stupid quizzes on her Facebook wall and find out what flower she is (she’d be a green tulip). Her family can’t hug her. Her pain made her blind to all the amazing things she brought to this world, and she took that from us. I’ll love her forever, and I’ll never stop mourning her death. But I don’t think I’ll ever forgive her for that moment of selfishness.
I wish I could grab this kid by the shoulders and say, “Don’t you dare!! Don’t you dare deprive the world of all you have to offer! Don’t you dare leave a hole in the hearts of your family and friends that will never be filled!” I have talked to him about how suicide has impacted me and my friends. One of my best friends has also talked to him about her own experiences with suicide. He listens to us, and all the people who are trying to help him, but I worry he doesn’t hear us.
Like with my friend, he can’t see past the wall of pain. All he knows is that living... that taking that next breath... is just too hard. He’s convinced that people won’t give a shit if he lives or dies. He thinks those who love him will move on in no time, and things will be better for everyone around him.
Unfortunately when someone’s in such a dark hole, there’s little that can be said to that person to convince them otherwise. All we can do is love them, give them as much support and encouragement as we can, and try to show them how our lives are so much richer with them in it. My life will never be the same without my friend in it. The same is true for her family and friends. The same would be true if this kid does the unthinkable. Many lives will be profoundly impacted by his loss. I just hope he realizes this before it’s too late.
If you’re in a scary place, please know that you’re not alone. There are people who are there to help you. If you feel you can’t talk to your family and friends, there are help lines you can call. You can go to the hospital. You can call the police. You can talk to a teacher or counselor at school. Please don’t convince yourself that no one will help and please don’t stop asking for help. There will be someone who can help.
If you are thinking of hurting yourself, please call someone for help.
If you suspect someone around you may be suicidal and you don’t know what to do, please call someone for help.
Below is a list of resources that you can use for help.
Kids Help Phone (Canada)
-------------------------------For resources close to you, wherever you are in Canada click here
List of suicide crisis lines by country
If your country isn’t listed, and you would like me to include them on my list, please leave a comment below and I will do what I can to include a national number or resource on this post.
Someone loves you. Even if it’s someone you don’t know or haven’t met yet. Trust me in this.
I love you.