Losing a Classmate by Amanda
Posted by SANE
13th Sep 2019

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th.

Suicide is not a fun topic to talk about, get educated about or ever write about, however if we do not talk about it, get educated about it, or even write about it we can not help those who are going through this difficult time.

In the 2005-2006 school year I lost a classmate to suicide. This was the first time I was truly affected by someone who died because of suicide. I did not know him that well, but I know, from what I saw, he was a happy, hard working student. He was here one day smiling, laughing, being his goofy self. Then the next day our math teacher told us he was gone.

I was upset by the fact that he died. I was so upset that they sent me to a therapist that was there that day to help the students and staff who were affected by his loss. I remember hugging another classmate that day, because she too was hurt.

There were many rumors of why he decided to take his own life. The truth was the rumors do not matter; the fact was he was gone. I remember my mother and I talked about suicide and what it meant. I got educated on the fact that people can be asking for help and showing signs of wanting to hurt themselves.

Know the warning signs, if you think someone needs help reach out to them or get to the nearest medical treatment center.

Remember that SANE: Changing Mental Health for Good has a website, SANE Website, and they have a hotline, 0300 304 7000

Being there for someone, and having these resources can help save a life.

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