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The S-Word 
19th-Oct-2010 01:18 pm
Eh
The poll behind the cut deals with the topic of suicide, specifically whether you've known anyone who took their own life and how you deal with stresses in your life. That topic may evoke sadness or unpleasant memories for some, so I've put the poll behind a cut. It's not my intention to cause anyone pain, so if this topic disturbs you, please ignore this poll.

It's been on my mind both because of recent news regarding gay teen suicide and also because of people I've known who have chosen this option.



Poll #1633106 The S-Word

Have you ever known* anyone who committed suicide, and if so, how many persons? (*Use whatever definition of "known" that you would like.)

No
33(43.4%)
1
24(31.6%)
2
13(17.1%)
3
4(5.3%)
4
1(1.3%)
5 or more
1(1.3%)

Do you think that circumstances in your life could ever reach a point where you might seriously consider ending your own life?

Definitely
17(22.1%)
Possibly
17(22.1%)
I'm not sure
7(9.1%)
I doubt it.
21(27.3%)
Definitely not.
15(19.5%)

What forms of support do you use in your life to help you deal with stress and/or depression? (Select as many as apply)

A family member or members
51(17.2%)
A good friend or good friends
52(17.6%)
My church
6(2.0%)
My faith
14(4.7%)
A support group
7(2.4%)
A psychologist or psychiatrist
17(5.7%)
An employee assistance program or some similar program
2(0.7%)
An online community
34(11.5%)
A 12 step group
2(0.7%)
Self-help books or audiobooks
9(3.0%)
Meditation
16(5.4%)
An exercise program
18(6.1%)
A pet or pets
43(14.5%)
None of the above
4(1.4%)
Something else (what?)
21(7.1%)
Comments 
19th-Oct-2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
The internet.
19th-Oct-2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Books and fanfiction and anything with words that will let me avoid reality for a bit.

If you change 'committed' to 'attempted,' the number increases to two.
19th-Oct-2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I keep journals, both online and in pen-and-paper form. They've been a huge part of my life because I've been dealing with an illness for over six years now and it helps to get out my frustrations, fears, and other feelings in some way that isn't negative. Even if all I can write is bad words over and over again.
19th-Oct-2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Music and comedic sitcoms have saved my life more times than I can count. Music to vent, comedy to forget the pain. Also, sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
20th-Oct-2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm surprised that music wasn't included in the list of options; I certainly find it to be incredibly therapeutic.
19th-Oct-2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
I realized I had a problem when I walked down to the boat docks about a mile from my house and stood there for goodness-knows-how-long (long enough for the sun to set), and thought about walking in and letting the riptides take me. It took a few other serious times like that before I was finally able to turn it around.

Mostly I took a class on how to handle anxiety and symptoms of depression. Nowadays I can recognize obsessive spiraling thoughts the moment they start and turn it around. It also means that I have trouble focusing on anything negative, so it's difficult taking care of my boyfriend while he's mourning for his dad, but it also means that my life is a lot more manageable.
19th-Oct-2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
I chose 1 because someone in my family committed suicide. I think it happened before I was born, so I never met him, but you allowed us to be liberal with the definition of "know."

That number would go up quite a bit if you asked me how many people I know currently who have attempted suicide, or been suicidal without attempting.

Edited at 2010-10-19 11:57 pm (UTC)
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20th-Oct-2010 02:28 am (UTC)
I don't think that i can definitely say that i know anyone who committed suicide, but regarding one friend and one colleague, their (unrelated) deaths might have been accidents and might have been "accidents". In high school, my friend's mother drove herself to the mountains one day, OD'd on sleeping pills, and ran a hose from her car's exhaust into the cab. I did not know her personally, but i did see first-hand how her death devastated my friend. I answered zero for the first question.

For the third, i do not seek help. Experience has taught me that in my darkest hours, it is best not to inform anyone of my intentions: The most that could do is worry anyone who hears such news, or tempt him or her to try and stop me.

Had i the strength to end my own life, i would have expired long ago.

Edited at 2010-10-20 02:33 am (UTC)
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20th-Oct-2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Awwwh...! *hugs back* ♥
20th-Oct-2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Just two weeks ago the older brother of a very good friend of mine killed himself. I'd met him a couple of times, but I hardly knew him at all. I have no honest idea of what was going on in his life or what may have precipitated, but the event really shocked me. Additionally, once upon a time my almost-first-boyfriend intimated to me that he was having suicidal thoughts, in a barely readable e-mail. I responded, from my immediately pessimistic view, extremely unhelpfully.

I have only recently been diagnosed with and begun treatment for severe depression in myself. One of my major points for beating myself up over the years has been my inability to know or help those people.
The only things I can do right now is keep in close touch with the people I love, embrace the things in life that bring me joy, and work hard at the things I am good at. And take my medication, of course...
20th-Oct-2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
When I was 8 my mother's partner killed herself after I revealed that she had been abusing me. My older sister found the body.

Please don't kill yourself people. It really fucks kids up. :/
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