My husband and I drove back yesterday from Virginia to Massachusetts. During our drive we crossed the Deleware Memorial Bridge and noticed several police cars with lights and sirens on going by us. They stopped at a car parked in the left lane of the bridge, where the cables that support the suspension bridge are anchored, about a 150 foot drop to the river below. There was no one in the car. Someone had jumped off the bridge.
There was not time for anyone to intervene and the woman's body was retrieved about thirty minutes after she jumped. She was 53 years old.
There may be times when life seems bleak and overwhelming, but suicide is not the answer. It is a short term solution that leaves your family and friends behind to pick up the pieces. And although the temptation to end your life may sometimes seem like the answer there is always a better option.
It is approaching the 1 year anniversary of a friend's suicide. How many times do I wish he had made a different choice? Let's just say that if I had a nickle for each time I had that thought I'd be a millionaire. He had so much to give and yet the world will never know it, he will never know it. His life is over. His choices are over.
If you are thinking about suicide then I urge you to get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifelife is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255. Their website states, "If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called us for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness."
Please call. Your life is worth it.