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Written By Zhen Tao ’20

“Kill yourself” “Jump off a bridge” “Die”

Suicide is not a joke.

It is truly heartbreaking when anyone decides that their life is too painful to bear with. Suicide is not chosen; it happens when the pain goes beyond resources for coping with the pain. Ending a life is a huge step in the wrong direction for everyone, even you. Suicide is the killing of an individual. Suicide happens every day without you knowing it and every time that happens, not just a person, but a whole of family’s life changes. Something needs to be done. We need to raise awareness and stop this from happening.

Kevin Hines. One of the suicide victims in the year 2000. He jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a technique of a suicide attempt, that has resulted in death for most of the people who have made that same jump since the bridge was constructed in 1937. Kevin was just 19 years old, paranoid and hallucinating when he attempts the jump to end his life. Launching himself headfirst over the bridge, falling 220 feet into the San Francisco Bay. But Kevin Hines survived. During the fall, his body rotated and taking the impact on his legs and his back. The impact cause three of his vertebrae to shatter and also tear his lower internal organs. Regarding his thoughts after the jump, Kevin said, “There was a millisecond of free fall. In that instant, i thought, what have i just done? I don’t want to die. God, please save me.”

Kevin Hines made a terrible mistake by jumping and regretting it instantly. This goes to show that you may think that you’re doing to right thing to end your life but you’re just going to end up regretting it so badly like he did. Just one small action of a mistake can change a lot of things without you knowing it and you can’t always change things back to the way they were before.

Someone having suicidal thoughts may not ask for help but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. Most of them don’t even want to die; they just want to stop the pain which leaves them the choice but to end their lives. If you think or know a friend or a family member who is considering suicide, you may be afraid to bring up the subject but by talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can make a difference and save lives. Always speak up if you’re worried and offer help and support.

Suicide? It’s not a joke and it’s not an easy hardship to endure. Every life is valuable. Think before taking action. Don’t give up. It’s worth fighting for.

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