Stories of Suicide Survivors!
There’s a disturbing trend among teens that gets inadequate coverage on a global scale. If the average person was asked to name the prime cause of teenage fatalities, few people would say suicide. However that’s the disturbing truth, more people between the ages of 12 and 24 die from their own hands than by any other means. The silver lining of this very dark cloud is the fact that many suicide attempts are unsuccessful, and there are a lot of lessons that can be learned from their individual stories.
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One of the more notable teenage suicide attempt survivals is that of sixteen year old Paris Jackson. The daughter of former King of Pop Michael Jackson attempted to end her own life in June of 2013. The teenager attempted suicide by taking a large number of Motrin after slitting her own wrists. Fortunately for the young lady, this attempt was unsuccessful. However the reason behind the suicide attempt is especially disturbing. The teen allegedly attempted to end her own life after being denied permission to attend a Marilyn Manson concert.
Many people might envy the life of Paris Jackson, but the child’s life has been fairly unusual to this point. After spending the majority of her childhood in the spotlight, she had to endure the death of her father in 2009. There have also been rumors than Paris already indulged in cutting herself before she attempted suicide. Self mutilation is always a warning sign that a person — especially a teenager– may be suicidal.
Many people would envy being the daughter of Michael and niece of Janet Jackson, but this apparently did little to quench the despair felt by young Paris. In fact the, rich and famous seem to be more prone to attempting suicide than the rest of the population. There are a number of wealthy celebrities who have attempted to end their own lives, and their stories help people further understand suicide.
Celebrity attempted Suicide Survivors
Another group of people who are surprisingly prone to suicide attempts are celebrities. The list of the rich and famous who have taken their own lives is a long sad one. However, there are also a lot of survivors of suicide attempts who have become beacons of hope to the depressed.
Billy Joel is one of the best selling artists of all times, making records since the late 1960’s. However, the swinging life of a rock star did little to curb Joel’s depression, because his first band wasn’t as successful as he would have liked.In 1970, Joel attempted suicide by consuming furniture polish. He was found by his drummer and friend, Jon Small. It’s believed that Joel’s suicide attempt was also spurred on by his affair with Jon Small’s wife Elizabeth. Joel survives the attempt and regained his self-confidence thanks to professional help and the assistance of suicide survivor support groups. Unfortunately, Joel’s daughter with Christy Brinkley has followed in her father’s dark footsteps. According to the Huffington Post, Alexa Ray was hospitalized 10-11-2014 after over dosing on over the counter prescription medication. As of now, it’s unclear why the young woman attempted to end her own life, but her famous father is there to help her through the ordeal.
Just living through a suicide attempt doesn’t guarantee the depressed party will live a long, healthy life. Many people who commit suicide have several unsuccessful attempts before they finally succeed. This is why suicide survivors need the assistance of suicide survivor support groups. These groups are typically composed of other suicide survivors who help each other through the tough time. These groups function very closely to twelve step programs. Members of the group receive emotional support from peers who have personally experienced the type of sadness that leads to suicide. The suicide survivor’s forum gives a voice to those who have attempted to end their own lives. This crucial element may be the strongest prevention to o future suicide attempts.
Communicating feelings of depression and despair can sometimes help to alleviate them. People who attempt suicide may suffer from suicide survivors grief, because they’re already feeling anguish. All the negative attention associated with a suicide attempt can worsen these feelings, because the survivor feels like a burden to those attempting to help. Suicide survivor support groups are composed of other people who attempted suicide, so people feel free to discuss the issues affecting them. The ability to talk to people who have experienced feelings of great sadness and despair strengthens the entire group.
Many people think suicide is associated with poverty and hopelessness, but some of the most recognizable people in the world have attempted suicide. Halle berry is one of the most famous and beautiful people in the world, but she still attempted suicide in 1993. Berry was suffering a well-publicized divorce from pro baseball player Dave Justice. If she could succumb to suicidal thoughts, anyone can. Depression isn’t a respecter of persons or finances. This condition can affect anyone from any walk of life. Other famous celebrities such as Drew Carey have survived multiple suicide attempts. While Carey always seems happy and jovial. he attempted suicide once in his teenage years, and once in his twenties. The loveable host of The Price is Right now has a handle on his emotions, but he nearly took his own life on two different occasions.
Other celebrities who have survived suicide include, rapper Eminem, singer Elton John and actor Owen Wilson. It’s important to remember that no one is immune to the effects of life and suicidal thoughts can plague anyone. As people become more aware of the dangers associated with suicide, more options become available to prevent it. In the future, fewer suicide survivors may ever try and kill themselves. For those who do survive, there are help groups composed of other survivors as well as the inspiring stories of famous celebrities who once attempted suicide.