My heart breaks for the family and friends of a person who jumped to their death off a bridge in our town yesterday morning. I read a news report in a local paper online and I found jokes and inconsiderate statements made publicly, the ignorance of our society never ceases to amaze me. I saw comments like these:
Steve 9:53 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Why call it a “fall”? Sounds like a “jump” to me…
Chris 10:25 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
It was a “fall”, because he did not seem to “float” after he jumped.
Cara 10:06 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
tragic, sad and very selfish of this person
Jack Hargrove 10:30 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The guy thought he had his bungee cord hooked on….
Cara 11:14 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
i don’t need details, anyone who decides to take the “easy way out” (nicely stated) is selfish. period.
These comments were copied and pasted from the Story in the SanteePatch. There are many other comments that aren’t as hurtful as these but I want to use them as an example of IGNORANCE and thoughtless comments. There were similarly thoughtless comments on a report of an accident of teens that were racing and caused the death of 2 of their friends in the recent past and to be honest I worry about society.
Mental illness is just that, an illness but it is not acceptable the way diabetes, or cancer might be so those lost souls suffering within themselves cannot find another way out. They are shamed into pretending nothing is wrong and may eventually give up because the pain is too much for them to bear. The IGNORANCE of society where mental illness is concerned sickens me. The jokes made that cause that shame break my heart, because I know how it feels.
I am publishing this simply to show the state of our society and the heartless thoughts toward a mentally ill person and their family and friends who are now suffering a loss. Depression is not always something we are able to over come, partly due to the ignorance of society and the inability to get proper help. We need to move forward and remove this stigma.
May we find a way to get through to society and help those lost souls! Love to you all..