We all empathize with our friends and family, when they are going through a rough time. All we want to do is help take their pain away—and there are a variety of paths we can take to help them with that pain. For loved ones struggling with their mental health, there are also multiple ways to try and alleviate that pain, but suicide should never be one that is encouraged because no matter how bad life can seem, there are always better routes to take.
Repeated threats, physical or verbal attacks, rumors, and exclusion all fall into the category of bullying. Unfortunately, in recent years, bullying has become prevalent at college campuses, and according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, approximately 20% of all students reported being bullied in 2016.
Thirty-six-year old Lee Kyoung-ja married 39 year-old Cho Hyuk-jin — both natives of South Korea — in the fall of 2015. They relocated to Vietnam a few months later without a concrete plan for work. On the surface, their decision was shocking. Kyoung-ja, my close friend from my four years living in Korea and the MC at my wedding, was a voice actress. She had consistent, well-paid work, and her new husband was a successful television commercial producer at Samsung.
More adolescents than ever are struggling with their mental health. While not a shock, this reality comes with concerns: How do we help adolescents? How do we fix mental health issues? Where do we target adolescents who need the help? The Boston Herald’s Kathleen McKiernan investigates the answers that we as a community so desperately need in Special Report: Schools face surge in suicide attempts.
This morning, I submitted a testimony before the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, which is considering several pieces of legislation related to substance abuse prevention and treatment. My testimony was in support of House Bill 1047, a drug take-back program to protect public health through safe storage and disposal of medications:
Three recent encounters left me musing about the importance of empathy and emotional well-being in the lives of those we love and touch.
When a tragic event happens and it ends with someone dying, especially when that person takes their own life, people naturally look for someone to blame. This could not be truer than with suicide. Suicide can be really confusing for people to understand—so the easiest out is often to blame the person they think is responsible. So when a person dies by suicide, and that person was also bullied—the person who often gets blamed for their suicide is the bully.
When a loved one dies from suicide, you never stop wondering what really happened. You spend countless hours considering what pushed him or her over the edge. You try to figure out if there was anything else you could have done. You research, you ponder and often you torture yourself trying to find an answer, even though you’ll never know if you’ve found it.