Cheyenne is not all that big a fan of watching the Oprah show. It records to my DVR daily and then the episodes just pile up until Cheyenne is with her dad and I have the time to sit down for an Oprah marathon. Lately, to sit for even an hour to watch television seems like close to an impossibility – simply too much to do these days.
Today Cheyenne is with her dad and I managed to get through one Oprah episode (only a few dozen left to go). The episode I watched aired on Veteran’s Day. It featured Marie Osmond talking about her 18 year old son’s suicide in February of this year. It was, in a word – heartbreaking.
I have known too many people who have committed suicide – albeit, even one is one too many. It is always so sad to learn that someone has ended their life prematurely in the hope of finding peace from that which tormented them. The family and friends of the person who committed suicide never find peace with that choice.
Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide. Depression is such a dangerous condition. It isn’t just sadness or a bad mood – it is pervasive and consuming. I have been gratified to see the attention depression has received over the last ten years. The educational campaigns have no doubt saved many lives and spared much heartbreak…unfortunately, not all have been saved…not all have been spared.
I have to say that the show aired on a day I thought symbolic - on Veteran’s Day. It reminded me of a fact that continues to trouble me about veterans…they have a higher than average suicide rate. Indeed, we have lost more soldiers to suicide than we have due to war casualties – that sickens, horrifies and saddens me.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s toll-free number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you are contemplating suicide please reach out for help…you can get through what you are feeling. Depression is a treatable condition – you will feel better with help…and you are not alone.
Day five hundred and one of the new forty – obla di obla da