Families must speak up about suicide

May 14, 2012

Just in time for Mother's Day, your article on the mother of the young man who inexplicably committed suicide ("Dulaney graduate's mother will accept his college diploma from Temple," May 9) was a clear and strong wake up call to all mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends of those suffering from depression or other problems. My own 25-year-old son from Parkville, successful on the outside, committed suicide last month, having said nothing to show he felt so burdened.

Suicide needs to be rejected and spoken of openly in the public square. Discussion can inoculate our young people and lessen the guilt and shame of those left behind. Messages of violence and nihilism in our culture, including music (my son was a heavy metal fan), games, TV and movies need to vigorously countered with messages of peace, respect, hope and joy. Regina Friend exemplifies that love is more powerful and valuable than despair and destruction. There is always a better way with help just one prayer or phone call (1-800-273-8255 is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline) away.

Dorothy Paugh, Bowie

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