Sui­cide can be avoid­able if one reaches out for help

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE TRENTONIAN -

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.

Choose life.

Ed Leop­ardi

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