Suicide: A Serious Topic

Seek help if needed.

Audrey Whalen , Reporter

Suicide is a topic most people try to avoid, but it is a very serious topic that needs to be discussed thoroughly. Many joke about it and make it the butt of their humor.  It is not a joke. On average, there are 123 suicides per day, that is a lot of people taking their lives for many different reasons. Ending a life is something that many overlook, but ending a life is permanent and will never change. It is not like a movie where there is an antidote to save them; once they are gone they are gone.

It affects many people, parents, children, and friends. Losing a friend because they did not feel good enough to be on the earth is an awful thing to have happen. Was there something that could have been done? Something that could have been said? Having the never ending questions on why it happened. It is not a light feeling, but many go through it.

Disrespecting those who have taken their lives by joking about it boils the blood. Kids just overlook it without thinking of who it affects. Walking down the hallway many kids say “Ugh there is so much homework tonight, can I just kill myself yet?” makes others think that person needs help but really just joking. That person is basically crying wolf; if they really need help one day perhaps nobody will believe them because they joke so much about it.

If one needs help please seek it. It will not make you weak or hurt your pride. See a counselor, a teacher or a friend. Speak up.  If you want to remain anonymous call 1-800-273-8255 for 24 hour help.