Letter: Reach out to the depressed
To the Editor:
Just read a Letter to the Editor in Sunday’s newspaper. I too, am a suicide survivor. My mother committed suicide when I was 20. For about a year before she actually succeeded I found her three times where she had attempted; Overdosing, drinking, rat poison in a piña colada and cutting her wrist.
She was in deep depression for years, but in denial. Back then if you admitted if you had a problem, people thought you were crazy. People would distance themselves from you. One would end up all alone and suffering by themselves. The devil preys on depression. If he can jump on your back while you are down, he will ride you til you break. I too battle depression. I tried counseling years ago. They usually just put you on a drug and tell you to come back. The best help came from God.
I have been going to my church for 14 years now. That has been the best counseling I ever had. My children have also been the best medicine for me. I can be so sad, due to someone breaking my heart, and just hugs from my daughters (and grandchildren) give me all the reason to live. And I thank Jesus everyday for putting them in my life.
I beat myself for years over my mother’s death. I had to accept she was sick and did not know what she was doing.
If you suspect a loved one is struggling with depression, please let them know how loved and needed they are. Be encouraging to them to get the help they need.
Hopefully, with all the publicity of Robin Williams’ suicide will help others to seek help. Depression hits everyone’s home at some point. The rich, the poor, the pretty, the smart, the famous, the young and the old. God help us. We need to love and help our fellow man.