The Burden of Using Suicide as a Solution | Jeremy Lopus
There's a saying that God will not give you burdens too big for your shoulders. That the pressures and troubles you face during your life will not be bigger than you can bear. I don’t know that I believe this; it smacks too much of fate or predestination. But what is true is that sometimes we face things that can't be handled by one person alone, and that facing them without help is a mistake. Asking for help is always a mark of strength and a good idea, whether you simply need the answer to a question or want a shoulder to lean on or sympathetic ear without any words spoken.
I work with children who are working through a variety of difficult challenges: developmental disorders, a traumatic home life, or mental health issues. Something that is depressingly common is the desire or impulse towards self-harm or suicidal ideation. That's not to say that ideas of suicide are an indication of these types of problems, simply that these pressures can bring on this thinking. More alarming is when suicide is seen as a solution or relief for their particular anxieties without considering the wider damage that ending their life could cause.
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