This piece explores the darkness possible in the human psyche. Ophelia’s is one of the most tragic in history - a young woman who is unable to escape her own grief and resorts to drowning herself. Unfortunately, this story is still universal and timeless.
It is important to understand not only that suicide is still the number one cause of death for young people throughout the world, but also the realities of living with depression and other issues to one’s mental health. The stigma that surrounds it can be as dangerous as the symptoms themselves in making someone feel hopeless and alone.
1-800-273-8255. This number is important to remember. It is the suicide prevention hotline and it is available 24/7 all over the world. Do not suffer in silence; it may not cure every demon you are struggling with, but it is an important first step, and it is readily available. (Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
There are warning signs of suicide, and it is important to try to recognize them. Do not ignore indirect references to suicide or death. Suicidal people do not necessarily “act crazy.” Many people who have failed in their suicide attempt have expressed feelings of remorse as soon as they committed to the act. There is always a turning back point, and noticing someone is suffering can allow them to recognize they may be considering a permanent solution to a temporary problem. (Help Guide)
Question: Have you ever been in a place that was so low that you thought about killing yourself? What allowed you to step back from the ledge?
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