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July 22, 2017 3 min read

What the hell is going on?  Seems like we lose someone we know to suicide every week.  So what the hell is happening here?  I'm not a psychologist or doctor or counselor so when I ask.....I'm really asking the Why and the How this sort of "done with the world" dilemma keeps occurring.  

On the wide spectrum, it appears most are affected by the suicide of a famous person, a celebrity suicide.  I run my business strictly via Social Media platforms and I watch so many people race to their instagram accounts to post up a fond memorial of the latest singer/song writer/actor who had just committed suicide the night before or the morning of.  I admit it kinda grosses me out to think people post up these "memorial" images to their social media accounts to gain followers/fans/attention.....just sad really.  Do you do that?  No judgement if you do, it does seem like the thing to do and maybe some or most are truly grieving and that's their outlet.  I just can't help to see that some are posting images of Chester Bennington (lead singer/song writer for rock band Linkin Park) to gain attention to their own account.  I dunno.  Thoughts?

Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, few years back to Robin Williams, few more years back to Kurt Cobain......suicide is no joke.  Re-listening to a lot of the lyrics written by Chester, yeah, its uneasy to hear now....I mean, he was talking about suicide, about wanting leave this world.  The following excerpt from the chorus of "In The End" doesn't necessarily reflect directly on suicide but......

"I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter"

As a society, are we numb to suicide?  Someone in our family or a friend or even a celebrity commits suicide, and, we are grief stricken, but in the end, does it even matter?  After all, that person took their own life.  They committed the act, no one else.  Right?  Is that right?  I challenge you, the reader, to ask yourself what you really think:  Is the act of suicide committed alone or are there outside social elements spurring this urge to commit this act?  I'm not at all down-playing suicide or anyone who commits it.  I'm deeply saddened by the news of any suicide, famous or not.  

Are we as society responsible though?  Or the better question might be, is society responsible at all?   I'll end with Chester's opening verse to the same song mentioned above "In The End": (I am not sure why one line stands out to me so much, but it does.  It's like he was saying "Um, hello?!....I'm trying to tell you something!" )

"It starts with one thing
I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind
I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time
All I know
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away"

No matter if you've been affected by suicide or not, please visit the National Suicide Prevention website here.  If you need someone to talk to, please call this hotline now:  1-800-273-8255