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Compassion Needed for the Suicidal

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My mother-in-law recently sent me this article, “Compassion Needed for the Suicidal,” which provides a new perspective on suicide. I wanted to share this article with our readers. What I love most about the article is the perspective it gives on suicide and those who have died by suicide. So often in society we hear that the act of suicide is a choice. Suicide is viewed as a selfish act, as it leaves behind family members and loved ones asking themselves, “What could I have done?”  What we as a society fail to acknowledge is the pain and illness that lies beneath our loved ones final act – the depression, anxiety, fear, and belief that the world will be a better place without them in it. Mental illness and how it is viewed in society is another topic that I could spend hours writing about. I often think about what might have been, if my father felt that he was able to get the help he needed without being stigmatized by society.  The below article briefly addresses this notion, and comes from the desk of a religious figure. I hope you find it as comforting as I did.

Compassion Needed for the Suicidal