The Stigma of Suicide: Let’s Talk About It

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In the wake of singer Kehlani’s recent attempt at taking her life, suicide has become a heavy topic this week. Several people have reached out to show their support from Nick Cannon to gospel singer Erica Campbell. While some people like Chris Brown, seem to think the suicide attempt should not be taken seriously.

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All of this talk about suicide got me thinking about my own personal life experiences. In November 2014, one of my high school classmates made the decision to take his life. His death devastated my entire hometown. He was always the center of attention and no matter what, he always managed to put a smile on everyone’s face. No one suspected that he was suicidal so when he took his own life, we were all shocked. The thing that haunted me the most was that he did not “seem” like the type of person that would even consider suicide, let alone see it through. So now I ask, who does seem like the suicidal type?

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He posted this picture on November 10, 2014. He died on November 23rd.

In the black community, we often look at mental health and depression as taboo. We assume that anyone that would commit suicide has to be crazy and anyone who has failed at a suicide attempt is only seeking attention. In the black community, you don’t seek therapy because that would be telling your business. We would rather suffer in silence than admit that we need help. Depression is a serious illness and should be treated as such. Suicide is not race, gender, age, or class specific. The truth is, anyone can be the suicidal type.

Thankfully, Kehlani’s suicide attempt was a fail, but my friend was not so lucky. Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems. Your life matters and your story isn’t over. Don’t hold it in, seek help. . If you or anyone you know is battling with depression or having suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. There are people out there that think that you are worth saving.

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Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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