I believe suicide can affect all people regardless of age, gender, class, nationality or creed. There are parasuicidal tendencies in all of us – so many flirt with death and indulge in suicide ideation.

Nevertheless, it is possible to teach hopeless people to think in  hopeful, life-affirming  ways. not only is it true that ‘where there is life, there is hope’, but the inverse also holds true – ‘where there is hope, there is life’.

We need a revival of community spirit whereby people look out for each other and become each other’s keeper. Secrets and lies always precede tragedy. When the communication lines between family members, neighbours and best friends break down, difficult emotions become suppressed and not resolved. Individualism is the philosophy which is ruling the masses. We feel no sense of loyalty or accountability to God and significant others.

It is worth repeating that suicide solves nothing, it only causes a domino effect of misery and grief. The victim’s obvious self-hatred will rebound unto those who loved him/her (even if they were unaware of that love whilst they were alive) who will be left with a legacy of the ultimate rejection and long-term grief.

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