When I was faced with death I didn’t really want to die!
“I used to cut my arms with a dirty razor blade because I hoped that I would get an infection and die. One day I ended up in hospital with septicaemia and nearly died. The funny thing was when I was faced with the possibility of death, I didn’t want to die. My parents contacted TTS and a counsellor came to see me in the hospital. It was weird; it was a bit like in the Matrix movie where Neo was told to choose a pill. I was told to choose life over death and that in order for me to get over my own problems I should try and help other people.
My counsellor took me to the children’s cancer unit in the hospital and showed me some children who had various stages of cancer. Suddenly, my trying to kill myself because my boyfriend had dumped me seemed so pathetic and incomprehensible. My TTS counsellor kept in touch with me for weeks, she checked that I was going to school and spoke to my parents about any concerns for me they might have. She still calls me and still makes sure that I focus on my dreams and work towards them. I want to become a scientist and help people with cancer get better. I go to the cancer ward every week and I love talking to the children there and taking them on trips with the hospital staff. I love that they are fighters and want to live and I thank God every day for the man who talked to my mom at work two days before I tried to kill myself and gave her and her work colleagues the TTS card with their emergency number on it. You know what’s strange, my mom said he was a Black man but one of her work colleagues insists he was an Oriental man while another said he was a White man. My mom says that she had never seen him before and she has not seen him since, she thinks his name was P. Holister but she isn’t sure. I know he was a God-send and I now see that life is precious and when I was faced with death I didn’t really want to die.”
Taken from U Murder U (Suicide)
Some people don’t believe that their life is precious, they base their life on what they feel and what they don’t feel
There is no return from suicide. Sadly some teenagers think that they’ll commit suicide to punish someone or make someone sorry then they’ll come back to life. It doesn’t work like that.
GLL Publishing is promoting the Talk To Someone (TTS) Campaign because we believe that like in the case of the young girl in the story above, if we can get a person talking to someone in one of the many charities like CALM, Samaritans, NSPCC, PAPYRUS etc in order for them to get help then we can potentially help save a life.
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