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Suicide: Back away from the keyhole

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Suicide Prevention The house lights drop, two young men on stage.

One’s mine.

One’s someone else’s.

Together, along with their theater director and the rest of the cast and crew, they’ve put together a production of Sleepwalker, an award winning play by award winning playwright William Mastrosimone.

As the play unfolds, the main character, Dillon, is struggling with the decision to end his own life.

Several images struck me throughout this performance, but the one I want to share with you today is this:

When your vision of your life gets too narrow, it’s like a keyhole effect and the end is all you can see. To reduce your tunnel vision, all you have to do is take ONE step back. Then the bigger picture begins to come into focus.

One step back.

One step.

One.

And the message for our kids is this: if you wonder if someone is suicidal, or involved in self-harm, TELL SOMEONE. Yes, your friend may be mad at you temporarily, but they’ll be alive and mad at you instead of dead and not.

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For help, for yourself or someone you love, try one of these:

Facebook page for Suicide Resources

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • kathy at kissing the frog December 8, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I like your analogy of the keyhole. It makes perfect sense.
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    • RChicken December 15, 2012, 8:23 am

      I must admit, that it’s not my analogy. Came right out of this wonderful play by William Mastrosimone. But I loved the image. Seemed so clear to me when I heard Thing One speak those lines.

  • Heather December 15, 2012, 9:05 am

    Excellent analogy. As someone who has struggled with depression and fought against suicidal thoughts since I was a teenager, that is huge. For me, I have to stop and take that step back and look around me, at my kids, at my family, at what I have, and who I would be hurting if I did follow through again (in my 20s i had my stomach pumped after taking my whole bottle of prozac). No matter how depressed I get, I can’t hurt those around me like that. Use whatever you have to in those moments to get through them. It makes a huge difference. Stopping by from SITS.
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