Music Monday – Don’t Try Suicide

If you are thinking about suicide, find someone you can trust and tell them you need their help or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).  Their is absolutely NO SHAME in asking for help!
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  As such, the three selections today all deal with the subject of suicide.  The artists: Queen, Kix, and Mike Corrado.
While I generally find Queen’s lyrics to be witty or insightful, or thought-provoking, I’m really not sure about this one.  It first glance, it sounds straight forward: don’t try suicide.  Rather than going for the slower, heart-wrenching, depressing sound that most songs about suicide use, Queen went uptempo sound with a catchy sound.  A few lines seem a bit out there, but the ones I have a real problem with are in the chorus:  “Nobody cares” and “nobody gives a damn.”  I would say that, as a rule, that would be completely wrong.  There is always someone who cares…someone who gives a damn.  If you’re in the suicidal state of mind, you may not “see” them, but they are there.
For those of you who do care and give a damn, learn the warning signs of suicide.  Most people who attempt suicide exhibit certain behaviors, little “tells” that something isn’t right.  It’s our job, as the people who care, to try to notice these changes, however minor or insignificant they may seem, and provide help.  It can be as blunt as asking the person “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”  If you get anything other than a “no”…a solid “no”, don’t leave them.  Drag their butt to someone who’s a professional at dealing with people thinking about suicide.  They may tell you they don’t need it.  They may tell you that they will hate you or will never forgive you, but you know what?  They have to be alive to do that.
Check out the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Warning Signs of Suicide.
“There’s no one there to hold you
No one hears your scream
You live life up and down now
Your nightmares are your dreams” -from Don’t Close Your Eyes by Kix
Kix’s Don’t Close Your Eyes has a hauntingly bleak sound to it, but it’s message is “You’re hurting and no one seems to be there for you, but as bad as it is, I am here for you…I’m praying for you.”
Patriot Day being tomorrow in the U.S. fits right into this post, as we are seeing way too many of our military brethren succumbing to suicide and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Mike Corrado, a Marine and a talented musician, wrote “Lucky One” in an effort to shed some light on the problem of PTSD, an all-too-often silent killer of our troops who were the one ‘lucky’ enough to survive their combat tours.  In Mike’s words, “It’s easy to see service members with physical scars but much more difficult to see the ‘scars that hide deep inside’ of those suffering with PTSD.”  “Lucky One” was also used as a Public Service Announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has a page of information to consider if you’re Thinking About Suicide…or if you simply want to read up on some good info in case you ever find yourself talking to a friend, or complete stranger, in need.
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