Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Other Side to Suicide: Life Does Get Better

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Other Side to Suicide: Life Does Get Better

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Dear Ann Landers: This is for "Bill in Oregon," who is contemplating suicide. I want to give him two reasons why he should not consider this alternative.

First of all, I tried it. I swallowed 100 sleeping pills, drove my car while completely out of it and got arrested for driving under the influence. I could have killed someone. I live with this thought every day.

Secondly, my husband's ex-wife (they were married 20 years) recently committed suicide. It has been a living nightmare. Everyone is angry, bitter, guilty and helpless. You cannot imagine the pain suicide causes to friends and family.

Bill, you may not care about yourself, but others care about you - a lot. You will hurt them terribly. Things DO get better. Set small goals for yourself. Live hour by hour or minute by minute. After my suicide attempt, I checked into a hospital and am now on medication. Life is good again. Thank God I failed.

ALIVE AND WELL

IN SACRAMENTO

Your testimony carries more weight than anything I might say. Thank you for it. Keep reading:

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Dear Ann Landers: This is for "Bill in Oregon." My brother committed suicide six weeks ago, after a long battle with alcohol. He was 30. My mother is inconsolable. She can't eat or sleep and spends all her days at the cemetery. My sisters and I are devastated. The blame and guilt are tremendous. Why couldn't we help him?

Death is so final. The children in our family are scared and confused, and have nightmares wondering who will be next. If Bill believes death is the answer to his problems, he's mistaken. Death is the beginning of everyone else's problems. The guilt and sadness never go away.

LONG ISLAND

Dear Ann Landers: I just had to write in response to "Bill in Oregon." I, too, have experienced the same desire (suicide). It has been 10 years since I almost made that horrible mistake. …

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