When teen suicide hits home.

Today I found out from my daughter that someone from her high school varsity soccer team committed suicide. This beautiful senior with a full soccer scholarship, perfect score on her ACTs with plans to go to a top college hung herself. Why?

All my daughter could ask was why would an always happy and a great person, kill themselves? How do I answer her when I myself don’t know, and want the same answers.

How sad and hopeless can one be that your only option is death? How lonely and desperate could she have been? How could no one has seen the pain?

I can’t imagine what the family or mother must be going through. How do you survive this? How do you move on? As a mom, I can’t fathom it. I’d have to wonder why my daughter was in so much pain that this was the only source of relieving the pain.

I worry for my daughter now. Is she suffering and I don’t see it? Is she in pain and hiding it like her friend. All one can do from this is learn, learn to better communicate with your children and be more involved with them and let them know they much are loved.

I hope Olivia realizes how precious life is and not to take it for granted and to ask for help no matter how bad life may seem. I hope she and all the kids from her high school take this as a wake up call and take the opportunity to make a difference in life and not take things for granted because life can change in a blink of an eye.

My heart breaks for the family and my prayers are with them.  I wish peace for them to get through their horrific pain. I am so sorry for their loss.

So hug your child tonight and tell them you love them no matter what.  I know I will.

 

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  1. Anonymous May 22, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Unfortunately we see this happening all too often to our youth and even young adults. The pressures at home, at work, at school, etc. become so heavy, that people find themselves just wanting out, and hoping perhaps that something better, or at least more peaceful, awaits them on the other side. As human beings, we are each responsible for ourselves, but also for each other. It should be our duty, not only to protect our children and loved ones from such a horrific fate, but also do our part to protect friends, co workers, and even strangers. We need to always be aware of how our actions, words, and even expectations, affect others. In the age of the bullying epidemic, it is of course crucial that we teach our youth to empower and not destroy each other, and also to empower themselves to stand strong in the presence of adversaries and to encourage others to do the same. However, it is also just as important for parents to model such behavior for their children in the facets of their lives. It is just as important for we as adults to empower and encourage our friends, family, and colleagues and not to fall victim to harboring the same damaging atmosphere so many of our children face when they go to school. Suicide is an ever-present issue and it does not discriminate. It is important that we are ALL as vigilant as we can be in order to not only recognize the signs of someone struggling, but also to be dedicated to eliminating the behavior within ourselves that we may not think is harmful to others, but can ultimately serve as a deadly catalyst for people teetering on the edge. This is such a pertinent issue that NEEDS to be discussed openly amongst parents and children.

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