By Mike Ramsey During the few great years that I served as a Probation Officer with my county Juvenile Court in the early 2000’s, one of the issues that I ran into on a regular basis was teen suicide. P.O.s receive updated training in this area. Training was expanded to detention staff, social workers, and […]
I am the surviving father of a son who committed suicide ten years ago today. Still so shocked I had no idea he was thinking of suicide. I remember April 19th, 2006, as if it were yesterday. The sun was shining, the birds were out. We had made it through winter and spring was here.
My father committed suicide with an overdose of prescription medicine taken in conjunction with alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant that exacerbates suicidal tendencies in those who are prone to such self-destructive acts. I was 16 years old at the time. I was wrongly ashamed of my father's suicide for most of my life. In fact, that feeling of shame is one of the great regrets of my life. With the combination of drugs and alcohol my dad might not have even intended to take his life.
On their way home from school, three brave school boys - Devonte Cafferkey, 13, Sammy Farah, 14, and Shawn Young, 12, came across a suicidal man sitting on the edge of an overpass in Waltham Cross, England. He had a rope around his neck about to take his life. Their timely intervention helped to prevent a disaster.
It is a devastating experience when a loved one commits suicide. Dealing with the death of one close to you is difficult but the thought that this person has chosen to end their own life has its own grief pathway and in many ways is more difficult to resolve. It involves dealing with negative self characterizations such as the thought that there is something wrong with my family. Suicide also affects the entire family and each person's has his/her unique experience with it.
63 year old popular actor Robin Williams has died. Cops said he was discovered unconscious in his home in Tiburon, California at noon on August 11th. Authorities said that the reason behind the death was suicide by asphyxiation. His Publicist said Robin had been suffering severe depression and in July spent time in rehab. Robin was born in […]
If it were in your power to abolish pain, would you do it? Repeatedly I’ve contemplated this question. Life is hard. You turn the key then close the door behind you, drop your bags on the floor. You reach for the light, but there’s darkness deep inside and you can’t take it anymore. ‘Cause sometimes living takes the life out of you and sometimes living is all you can do. Life is hard; the world is cold.