November 27, 2007

Was it suicide?

More on Kevin duBrow and my personal thoughts on Suicide
Damn it. It sad to lose someone, anyone. But there is a deeper kind of sadness felt when we discover someone has taken their own life. The lastest reports on the death of Keven DuBrow sound familiar to me, he was found alone in his home, dead, under suspicious circumstances.

I identify with depression. I have had suicidal thoughts. I have had three people in my life (two cousins and a close friend) and numerous acquaintances that have chose to end their existence here on earth.

Its tragic. Its disturbing. It causes feelings of anger in some because its seen as a selfish act. I'm sure some suicide's are done out of selfishness or maybe desperation but I believe most happen out of sheer despondency and hopelessness. I will never judge someone for making the choice to end their life, but I will do anything and everything I can as a person to reach out to those I know suffer from depression.

My 26 year old nephew has often spoken of suicide - I hope he never goes throught with it and I have asked him to please tell me if he ever gets to that point - but the thing is, when you get to that point (I have been close) you can't tell anyone because you are in so much pain you just want it to end.

Statistics have shown that THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR that there is an increase in depression and therefore suicide. It happens to people of all ages and backgrounds, there is no "stereotype" for hopelessness. It can come as a result of an incident or be part of one's own unique make-up.

PLEASE - if you know of anyone, or if you yourself suffer from this very common condition, please talk to someone. If you feel you have no one to talk to - please talk to me. You can email me and I promise to write you back or call you if you prefer. We're all in this thing called life together.

4 comments:

Malcolm: said...

Barbara, this is an excellent and heartfelt post. I hope that anyone reading this who is suffering from depression/thoughts of suicide and sees no other way out will take you up on your offer of support.

Wonder Boy said...

What Malcolm said and what you said about being available to talk. I too am always available if anyone needs to talk about it.

Barbara (aka Layla) said...

Malcolm, thank you. I hope so too.

Jim, you would be someone I would turn to if I needed someone to talk to. Thanks.

Songo said...

Wow! Barbara, Kevin Dubrow passed away... and I am knowing ot because of your blog.
THANK YOU... I am so sad, however I do share your views on suicide...
And yes, people who are sensitive create GREAT ART but also suffer and are likely to depress...

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