Tyler Woods 
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Re: “Messina

Thank you Irene Messina and all the other great weekly staff who are finally putting suicide in the papers. Thank you for not being afraid to publish these stories. Because of you, and the others at the Weekly, you have saved lives because reading and educating ourselves is prevention.

When someone takes their own life, we have no idea what goes through their head. Once a woman attempted suicide and was almost successful. I was asked to visit her at the hospital. I did so. She had tried to take her own life in front of her two small children. When I asked her what she was trying to do, she said her pain was so great, she did not even see her children. She could only see the pain that was right in front of her.

Her story took my breath away and more and more people who have attempted suicide have shared similar stories. It is so hard to suffer from a pain that literally blinds you. We must have compassion for these people, and we must give everything we can to those who have lost their loved one to suicide. They are left with a legacy of pain and suffering and questions that can never be answered.

No, the woman had no idea her children were in that room and her pain and suffering blinded her. By the way, she lost her mother to suicide and could not cope with it. That is the legacy that it leaves behind. So what we are left with is how to do comfort and help give those who survived an opportunity to live again? By doing what Josh is doing, or doing what Dawn is doing, or doing what I am doing. Reaching out to the community and providing opportunity through awareness.

Thank you Weekly for doing that and thank you Irene.

Posted by Tyler Woods on 06/03/2010 at 9:01 AM

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