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To Prevent Suicide: Be Helpfully Nosy

Posted by Aaron Burgin on

To Prevent Suicide: Be Helpfully Nosy It’s quite the scary position to be in. You’re hearing comments like, “the world would be so much better off without me,” or “it’ll all be different soon,” or even “at least when I’m gone so will my family’s financial problems…” Depression and Anxiety are like identical twins that were conjoined at birth, but separated by surgery. They’re never far from each other, and most the time it’s extremely difficult to tell which one is which. What makes it harder is watching someone that has both, and trying to figure out which one to...

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Would It have Changed Your Mind, if you Knew?

Posted by Aaron Burgin on

Part I It’s no surprise that I wonder what you were thinking when you decided to commit suicide. I’m past the part of grieving where that question is mingled with resentment or anger. Now, in place of the anger, there is a compassionate curiosity. In those last hours, minutes, moments...what were you thinking? And could anything have changed your mind? If you could do it all again, if you could sit in the dark and feel the bottom of your world crumble and wonder what was left or how could you go on or why you feel so damn alone, would it change your mind to know,...

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To You; The One Who Wants To End It All

Posted by Aaron Burgin on

You don’t know me, but I know you. You can’t see me, but I see you. Today was hard, wasn’t it? Yesterday, too. The day before that was worse, and before that? Before that you can’t even remember when life was worth it. CC: Stock Snap All my friends, and even my family, they just didn’t get it. They didn’t get how dark my mind was every day, all day. They didn’t understand how hard it was to get out of bed, and go through the daily motions, thinking to myself “what’s the point?” What’s the point? I thought that a...

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Your Child Still Has A Chance

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You’ve had a knot in your stomach for years. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to figure out what he needs. Why can’t he be happy? Why does he think so negatively? Why is he shrouded in darkness all the time? Will it ever get any better than this? As a parent, it’s vital that your answer to yourself is YES! And don’t ever let “yes!” go! If you don’t see the path forward that includes optimism, happiness, social norms, emotional regularity, mental clarity, futuristic vision, and stability in introspection, how will your son or daughter ever feel like...

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