I was touched while reading the words of the parents of actor Andrew Koenig who was found dead from suicide. Their words have so much wisdom and I am grateful that they shared them with the world.

His mother, Judy Koenig said that Andrew Koenig Andrew Koenig had many people who loved him, but “in his pain, he didn’t realize it was available to him,” she said. Judy Koenig

His father said, “If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care. “You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”
Families of those who are troubled should not ignore the warning signs, he said. “Don’t ignore it, don’t rationalize it,” he said. Walter Koenig

(Both quotes from http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/25/growing.pains.actor.dead/index.html?hpt=Sbin )

If you are not in the situation of pain it is hard to understand why someone would take their life. In that place of pain you may intellectually know there are people who care and there is help out there but the emotional connection and finding hope is so much more difficult. If you have never been in the situation where you can’t find the hope to go one, you are blessed. Mental Illness, Depression and despair are real. Believe people when they say they can’t go on. Let those in your life know you love them. I always think that if people could wait a beat or two or get to the next day they might be able to find the strength to go on. If you are in that place of pain look for that reserve in you to ask someone for help.

suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The Suicide Prevention Life also has a list of suicide warning signs on their home page.

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