Tonight I feel like a complete failure. We have so many youth in the archdiocese and I wish I could meet all of them and talk about Jesus but I can’t. Why was I gloomy last week? It’s because I got a message from someone telling me that there were three suicides in one of our communities. I did not deal with those news too well. These are not the news you want to hear or even expect to hear.
I might not of known these girls very well but I still know that they were important to many but also to me. All the youth in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas have a special place in my heart. They are the reason why I’m here in the north, they have shaped me to be a better woman and taught me to serve our God in an even better way. But it’s when things like this happen, I feel like I am to blame even though I know it’s not my fault.
I was watching a movie with one of my housemates while surfing through Facebook and I saw something new, another suicide. I was devastated, went to my room and shed more tears. We lost four girls in less than a week, why is this happening? One of them was only 10 years old, a tragedy.
My heart goes out to those families, not something we dream of dealing with, not something anyone wants to go through. But it brought me to think about life. It would be so easy to blame these tragedies on God but deep down we know He doesn’t bring people to act in such a way. If it’s not God’s fault then who are we to blame? My question is, do we need to put the blame on someone?
These people were suffering in ways we can’t even imagine. They were searching for something but always hitting a brick wall. What can we do to help people in these situations?
Talking, this is something we’re doing less and less of. Why aren’t we having these fruitful conversations anymore? Face to face conversation also builds on friendship, people we can trust, people we can be open with. Don’t strive to have 200 friends but rather strive to have 2-3 great friends. Concentrate on those friends and build a friendship that will last.
Don’t be afraid to ask the question. Are you thinking about committing suicide? If they say yes follow by asking do you have a plan? This will indict the severity of the situation. Chances are the person will tell you to not tell anyone but it’s your duty to help this person, contact someone who can help. Don’t stay quiet!
I also truly believe that prayer helps with this. Talk to God, here’s here for us but specifically for each and every single one of you. When He died on that cross, He saw your name and face. He knew you before you were born and said you are made in my image, you are to be with me in Heaven. We have to cooperate with Him and try to get to know Him. He’s a crutch for us to rely on.
And if these don’t help contact a Crisis Centre :
Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem. Talk to your kids, talk to your family. If we keep this hidden we will lose more people to something that could have been prevented.
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