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For some it’s the end of the line & for others it’s the way back home…{EXPLORE} | by Cheri Sundra: Guerrilla Historian
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For some it’s the end of the line & for others it’s the way back home…{EXPLORE}

"To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream."

—Sylvia Plath(The Bell Jar)

 

“I was 16 years old and thought of nothing but my own death. For years I was depressed, dying slowly on the inside, and not knowing how to ask for help.” –My friend Jennifer Gorin’s blog post.

 

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Suicide is a significant cause of death in our country. In some regions, it actually exceeds deaths by motor vehicle accident annually. Communities spend a lot of time talking about the need to make their roads safer, yet very few spend time talking about preventing suicide. It’s a hidden taboo because it is a subject that people feel uncomfortable discussing. And that is unfortunate, because the first step on the road to healing—both for those that are in distress and for their families—is to overcome the feelings of isolation and stigma. Suicide can happen in any family anywhere. It never discriminates based upon age, income, level of education, geographical location, race, religion--it is an equal opportunity horror.

 

I have known my friend Jennifer for many, many years now, and had absolutely no idea that she had a brush with suicide during her teenage years until I read about it in a post to her blog. Today she is a wife and the mother of four beautiful children—including two girls who were adopted from China. I applaud Jennifer and her openness and her willingness to share her experience….it takes a lot of courage to tell the world “I was 16 years old and thought of nothing but my own death.”

 

I am sharing the link to her post with you, in the hopes that it may help someone else feel less alone and isolate. Thank you Jennifer…you are an inspiration! Read Jennifer Gorin’s very person post about suicide at Back Home Again

  

This photo was featured on Flickr's Explore #28 July 28, 2011

 

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Taken on April 27, 2011