Monday, July 31, 2006

July 31, 2006 Suicide


Consider This for July 31, 2006—Suicide


“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”: Phil Donahue

We never chose our life but we can choose our death.

In my more than forty- six years in public service, sometimes as a police officer and coroner, I have never understood why anyone would ever kill himself.

In case I lose any of you as you read this you need to know that if you ever have any thoughts of suicide you should get help immediately. Contact Colorado West Mental Health. They have people on call. Get in touch with your pastor or priest. Call a close friend and tell him what you are thinking. Make a plan to get involved in therapy until the suicidal thoughts go away and you have dealt with the problem.

Call me and I can put you in touch with someone who can help.

Everyone should have to look into the eyes of a grieving parent, sibling or friend and tell her that someone she loved just blew herself away for some stupid selfish reason.

As anyone who has been close to someone that has committed suicide knows, there is no other pain like that felt after the incident”: Peter Green

Suicide is probably the most selfish thing anyone could ever do. Take the easy way out and then expect everyone you love to just get along with their lives. Not.

Suicide is the biggest cop- out that anyone can ever perform. It is the ultimate act of cowardice. Too afraid to face life and then end it to avoid having to deal with it.

There are some experts who now believe that as many as half of all fatal car accidents are, in reality, suicides. They are normally described as either a one- car or two- car accident in which one vehicle drives into oncoming traffic for no apparent reason. Another tip-off involves a car with one occupant driving into a wall or a bridge abutment.

Think about the poor truck driver who is hit head on in some poor soul’s death drive. The suicidal person is dead but the truck driver will live with that image for the rest of his or her life.

But some would disagree. Like this gentleman.

Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live”: Charles Caleb Colton

There are alternative suicides. . I have often joked that my choice would be to go to Hawaii and lie on a beach until I develop skin cancer. My medical friends are quick to point out how long and painful that disease can become. Maybe that is not a good idea.

The fellow who wrote Jonathon Livingston Seagull said this: “Anyone desperate enough for suicide...should be desperate enough to go to creative extremes to solve problems: elope at midnight, stow away on the boat to New Zealand and start over, do what they always wanted to do but were afraid to try.”: Richard Bach

This writer spoke for many would- be suicidal persons:

I just couldn’t live with myself knowing I had just killed myself.” Anonymous

I couldn't commit suicide if my life depended on it”: George Carlin

This is worth repeating:

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

We never chose our life but we can choose our death.

As I said in the beginning of this column, you need to know that if you ever have any thoughts of suicide you should get help immediately. Contact Colorado West Mental Health. They have people on call. Get in touch with your pastor or priest. Call a close friend and tell her what you are thinking. Make a plan to get involved in therapy until the suicidal thoughts go away and you have dealt with the problem.

Again, if you don’t know how to call then call me and I can put you in touch with someone who can help. 970-453-5298 or 970-485-0295.

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