Suicide can be avoidable if one reaches out for help
Imagine if people or even you judged you on one big mistake made in life or even several judgment errors made on wretched Planet Earth. No matter how much good you accomplished, your critical voice and their critical oversight delivered punishment about bad decisions.
Many people can attest: Been there. Done that. Still do that.
Self-indulged mirrored attacks can move people toward depression and eventually suicidal thoughts and attempts.
One of the greatest personal discoveries involved understanding my own human qualities, occasionally aligned with frailty but frequently pitched toward decency.
Sensitivity can make human beings of us all, especially when other people falter.
Being green may offer challenges. But human? That’s a kaleidoscope of trouble and trip ups. We, like that Queen life tribute sirens, exist Under Pressure.
These are the days that try our souls, “when it never rains but it pours.”
My own personal interaction with addiction, depression and human behavior surfaced last week after Trenton police Ofc. Ed Leopardi took his life.
Just knowing that God forgives all things, even an alleged on duty encounter with a prostitute inside a city-owned facility makes possible staying alive for the next moment.
Agnostic and atheist friends should know that God, even if one gives him fictional existence, forgives all things.
Shame may have played a role in the Leopardi death but a huge difference exists between being a “bad” person and doing something bad.
Big mistakes cause traumatization that conjures wishes for death. Such imaginations are cause for immediate action, including contact with suicide.org or any person who loves us or listens well.
Anyone who is suicidal may receive immediate help by accessing suicide.org or by calling 1-800-273-(TALK) 8255.
Suicide is preventable. If you are having thoughts about taking your life then make the call.
Judged by the outpouring of heartfelt remembrances, many people loved Leopardi as K-9 police officer, relative, politician and pal.
Leopardi served a a volunteer firefighter, a former emergency medical technician, Franklin Twp. committeeman and mayor, and as a Little League baseball coach and umpire.
Understanding Mr. Leopardi’s decision may not occur but coming to term with it requires talking and time.
Seeing the U.S. flag rippled at half-mast above the Trenton Police Department Thursday in memory of Leopardi delivered sadness.
Those close to him should know that assistance for suicide survivors exists through many organizations, including 1-800-SUICIDE.