Updated: Oct 25, 2018
By Gavin West
I was inspired to write this article because a young sixteen year old junior, who attended Gibbs High School, chose to take her own life on October 18, 2018. This young lady will be remembered by her peers for her contagious smile as well as her star-filled eyes that were always overflowing with hope and happiness. Her goofy and playful nature was infectious; it led everyone who came in contact with her to have their day almost certainly improved. She dedicated her life to making those around her happy and was the light at the end of the tunnel for many. She would do absolutely anything to make sure everyone around her was mentally and physically okay until her last day on this planet.
This epidemic is affecting not only the young and old within our country, but worldwide. While there may be no single solution, each of us have qualities that we can begin to alter and change to introduce these changes into the world. In order for the number of teens taking their own lives to decrease, we MUST start thinking of others before ourselves. We MUST learn to love rather than to hate.
Everyday I walk the halls of my high school and I see too many teens who seem to be upset for whatever reason they may have. To help those around us, we must get past our pride and our worry of feeling embarrassed to show emotion and start reaching out to those strangers we can obviously tell are not ok. Live your life to love others; do not live to solely be loved by others. A life can be saved by a single moment. A single moment can be the deciding factor between life and death. And to those who are struggling to hang on to the purpose within their life, just know that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem that has rippling effects. Those effects leave all of those around you to consider the same solution for future problems within their own lives. No matter how bad the problem may be, there are so many other ways to solve problems within your life.
If you are considering or ever have considered suicide, please, I am begging you, think twice and consider all other options. If you are in need of guidance or an ear for your words to fall on, you have the suicide prevention hotline as well as the guidance counselor within your own school. There are also medications to help those of us whose light is constantly out within the world. There are also people within your life that care about you whether you believe they do or not. Though I may be a stranger to you, I am a stranger who would love for anyone with any problems they need guidance with to come to me no matter how you find me. This universe can be cold and cruel to each and every one of us; however, it is also rewarding to those who fight through the struggle. Never lose hope. Never stop fighting.
Warning signs from https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating themselves
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Extreme mood swings
If you or someone you know shows any of these signs, please use one of these resources to get in contact with someone that can help:
Suicide prevention hotline:+1-800-273-8255
Substance abuse hotline:+1-877-659-2418
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/: website for suicide hotline