I didn't dive into this in my last post, because I wanted to focus on the stigma. And, too be honest, I didn't even read Lori's posts until today. Too close to home. Didn't want to face what I could have done to my family had any of my attempts ever been successful. However, I had read in other posts about her blog; that it was real raw emotion. I even read that some had talked crap about her and put her down for posting them where others could see, including her kids. While I was sure I wouldn't side with the ignorant jerks who saw it best to kick her while she was down, I wasn't sure how the posts would make me feel about my personal crap, so I chose to stay away. Today, I felt compelled to read them. I'm glad I did.
Yes, her emotions are raw. Yes, her language is rough. Who's wouldn't be after such a traumatic loss? But the message, and the emotions surrounding it, are important! It's a message not often shared. And when shared, not nearly enough. Why should something like this be shared? You always hear that suicide is not the answer and all it does is make things worse. That statement, while true, is vague and not at all enough to stop someone from thinking that the world we be a better place if they weren't in it. The aftermath of suicide is ugly. An ugly some people need to know about in order to further dismiss it as a personal option. Lori's blog entries are raw and real. Posting them helps her cope with it all. It also helps others, like myself, fight our inner demons and realize what they are capable of doing. More importantly, her blog encourages those who feel like they are losing the battle to speak up, reach out and get help.
So please, if you have ever contemplated taking your life, read her blog. Put things into prospective. Mental illness is not something you can suffer through with out affecting others. Don't be foolish in thinking you can just "handle it". Even the strongest and wisest have battled with depression and lost. There is no shame in asking for help. It takes a very strong person to speak up. And in doing so, you won't be just saving your life. You'll be saving the lives of those you love and those who love you.
The Bloggess said in her post "Your friends and family want you…broken or not." I agree wholeheartedly. Damaged is far better than dead.
You are not alone.