Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

Friends, when I was a senior in college, my brother Sean killed himself.  He was 35 years old.


He left behind his parents, his siblings, his friends, and his two bright and fantastic children that my family adores. 

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide call 800-273-TALK, or click here for resources. 

If you are feeling depressed, please know you are NOT alone.  We all struggle sometimes, but please know that you always have somewhere to turn.  As Jenny the Bloggess says:

But for today let’s talk about the positives.  Let’s talk about why we’re still here.  Let’s talk about the words that help us get through.  Let’s talk about the pictures and places and songs that saved us, because maybe they can save others.

The words I remember to get me through hard times:

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – CS Lewis

Much love and many hugs to all of you,
Meg

14 comments:

  1. Hugs. I don't know what else to say... but thanks for posting about such a personal topic. I've got plenty of family and friends with mental health issues, ranging from anxiety to depression to self-harm, and I firmly believe that talking about it and being honest is the most important thing we can do to create an environment where people feel entitled to get the help they need.
    Again, hugs to you and your family!

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  2. Your courage leaves me breathless. ((HUGS))

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. My dad killed himself in 1991, and my son's girlfriend last year, and it is just so senseless, and painful. And so important to keep talking about.

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  4. Meg, a very honest and heartfelt post, thank you for sharing it. With your infectious love of life and people, it's hard to believe you've faced such tragedy. My heart goes out to you and your family. May others who are down in their lives find the strength to keep on going. -Amanda

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  5. You're very courageous to post on such a topic. It's so important to talk about these issues but easy to shy away. Thinking of you and your family.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this with us. It's a topic close to my heart also; big hugs to you and yours!

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  7. I'm so sorry for missing this first time round! You're a very brave lady for bringing something so personal and devastating up on your blog and I'm sure that by doing so you have helped lots of people. Thinking of you!

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  8. i know this was some time ago, but it must feel like yesterday. much love to you and your family...

    having had the great fortune to frolick with you in person, i can say that your love for life, which is so apparent on your blog, is 100% real in person. and completely infectious. to know that this is a part of what informs it, and for you to share it, just makes you all the more incredible.

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  9. I'm really sorry to hear about your brother. Seriously. But I'm glad that you have made the experience positive by informing others. I pray goes out to him :)

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  10. Oh, Meg, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. But I thank you for using your tough experience to encourage others and for the way you spread your positivity around all the time. You're so sweet and strong and amazing, and I'm glad I've gotten to know you a bit, even if only on the internets (for now)!

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  11. Thanks for this. It must have been hard to post but so appreciated.

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  12. Thank you for posting this, we had a suicide in the family very recently - a truely horrific phone call to recieve, completely bewildering and heartbreaking.

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  13. << hugs >> Thanks for posting this. I had a friend in high school commit suicide as well, and struggled with depression for a few years before coming to terms with it and learning to live. Our prayers go out to your brother.

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  14. Love you... ( funny that you have that pic posted, I was just looking at my copy a few days ago... )

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