Suicide is often seen as a cathartic solution to the overwhelming problems an individual is facing and unable to solve otherwise. However, the impact of their choice to end their lives isn’t confined to only them – the family and friends of someone who has taken their own life will feel the impact and ripples of that decision for years to come.
In this powerful video from Boldly, several individuals who have lost a loved one sit down to discuss the experience of losing someone close to them to suicide, how it has changed their lives, and how important it is to speak up and not be afraid to talk about mental health issues and struggles. Some of the most powerful statements from the video show the lasting impact the act of suicide can have on loved ones:
“The first birthday, the first New Years, the first Christmas… It all just hits you when you least expect it.”
“My heart’s never felt the same. It was a physical feeling of having a part of me taken away.”
“I developed severe agoraphobia, I developed severe anxiety and general anxiety disorder, I developed depression worse than I ever have in my entire life.”
“I feel like I’m not the same person as I was. And I think a lot of people expect you to bounce back to become the same person, but I’ll never be him again. My whole experience with life has changed.”
“You’re not thinking about what you leave behind, but the aftermath goes on forever.”
“Mental illness is not a weakness. There’s nothing wrong with speaking about it. There’s nothing wrong with having a cry. There’s nothing wrong with having a hug. And it’s not weak to speak.”
If you or someone you love is dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide, ask for help and don’t hesitate to speak up and express what’s going on. The act of suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary and improvable problem, and the repercussions will be felt by loved ones for years to come.
For more suicide resources, check out Save A Life, our page dedicated to Suicide Prevention in Men.