It was with great sadness that I read that yet another life was lost due to suicide, in this case a final leap from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Monday. It was also on Monday that Deborah Morton’s reader column was published. She reflects upon the suicide of her son’s boss and the darkness and despair that lead people down the “path of no return.”
While I am not an expert on depression or suicide, I can relate to the harsh reality and grief that the survivors of suicide endure afterwards. After having three close relatives commit suicide, I can personally say that it leaves friends and family with painful regrets of “could have, should have and would have.”
I would encourage everyone to become educated on the warning signs of suicide and to learn basic prevention tips. Be willing to speak up if you’re worried about someone and to offer your help and support. Most importantly, be aware of the local hotlines such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
There is a help available for those experiencing the pain as well as for those with the painful regrets of could have, should have and would have.