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Suicide[, Depression and Mental Health]

from Boo - Thursday, August 16, 2001
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The 20 year old that killed himself

It is true that young adults from the Family have a lot to deal with, perhaps a lot more than the average joe. But from my research, I've discovered that other youth are picking themselves off at an alarming rate as well. These are people who never heard of the Family.

According to statistics, 31,000 people a year kill themselves in the USA alone, and the highest number is in the male, age 19 group. So what I think is, life is just freaking tough any way you look at it, and some people react differently to stressful situations than others. Some have chemical imbalances or hereditary illnesses that compound their problems. Some have addictions, and some are dual diagnosed.

So although I believe that yes, this man's past did have a bearing on his suicide, so do all the other 31,000 people that choose to end it every year.

As they say, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The tricky thing about depression is that, when you're in it, it feels like there's nothing temporary about it. I know because I am diagnosed with Clinical Depression, Manic Depression, and my brother committed suicide at 19.



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from Lance
Thursday, November 15, 2001 - 14:59

What I ams sick of is the treatment that these young people have recieved. Those that have killed themselves on purpose or unintentionally have been portriad by the group through "prophecies" as the submissive and always wrong adherents that the group wants them to be. Its absolutley disturbing.
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From kreed
Saturday, November 02, 2002, 02:40

does anyone know what the group published about Matt (the young man)....if they came up with any prophecies or anything? i've just been out for about 2 years......but i'd like to know what they said about him.(reply to this comment
Thursday, November 07, 2002, 20:18

Sorry, I don't know.
I wish I could help u more in that area.(reply to this comment
From shebuah
Monday, November 26, 2001, 09:39

I know. The worst part is, then they don't believe in God, and they blame god for all the crap that people have put them through. The bible says men will pay for leading astray the sheep, and i believe they will!
luv boo(reply to this comment
From Lance
Tuesday, December 11, 2001, 16:35

What the hell are you talking about? I don't mean to sound sardonic here but what is with throwing me some biblical jargon, and what makes you assume that those who have taken their lives blamed god at all?
God isn't going to rain fire down on anyone in the near future, sorry to put that way babe but I think you need to use your own words and not someones else's (reply to this comment
from angel
Monday, September 03, 2001 - 01:28

your right, Jules. i guess the thing that makes growing up in the family is that it wasnt as obvious that there was abuse, it was all very mental,and we thought we were the greatest and the best, and we were right and eveyone else was wrong and needed us to rescue them, its hard when you grow up and realise that thats all bull!!this whole way of life has been engrained in you, and then u realise its not what you thought. tough stuff to handle.
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From shebuah
Monday, November 26, 2001, 09:41

yeah, us rescuing them. how ridiculous did THAT TURN OUT TO BE? huh. (as we sit collectively on the counsling couch.) LOL.

Check out my new article on

it's called "three men narowwly escape death."
luv boo(reply to this comment
From Alf
Monday, September 03, 2001, 15:45

Yep suicide sure can be bad for your health(reply to this comment
From Jules
Tuesday, September 04, 2001, 20:11

Umm, that would be one of the things you should talk to your doctor about before trying out.

(I changed the title of this article to reflect the subject a bit more accurately--hope this was okay Shebuah)(reply to this comment
from Shebuah
Saturday, August 18, 2001 - 13:23

By the way, the board looks awesome. You're doing a great job! I'm really impressed. God bless you for all your devotion, creativity and hard work.
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From Jules
Monday, August 20, 2001, 23:21

Thanks for the kind words.

I like that term "devoted". I think I will request that my friends use this in place of what they currently call me: "obsessive". :-)(reply to this comment
From Holon
Wednesday, August 22, 2001, 10:40

ROTF! OMG Jules! That's too funny.That reminds me of when my friends used to call me so stupid and make fun of me for stuff I didnt know.I used to say I'm not stupid I'm just "unimformed".(reply to this comment
from Jules
Friday, August 17, 2001 - 22:09

I agree with you that life is harsh in general, and not just for kids born in the Family. Many millions of children all over the world experience hardship that we could only imagine. Children work in horrific conditions for pennies a day, are bought and sold for sex, are forced into militia groups where they have to kill and maim or die, they grow up in the midst of extreme poverty, death and starvation. Many, many young people have survived much worse things than any of us have, if they survived at all.

Personally I don't believe in self-pity. I may have bouts from time to time, but I do try to ensure that this is not what I am about. No one is going to rescue me but myself. I may have started out, not just at zero but minus twenty, but so what? All that means is I have to work a whole lot harder for what I want. I truly believe I can achieve and accomplish anything I want to and am willing to work for.

I am very lucky to have some amazing friends. They are people from many different walks of life and backgrounds. The thing I value and respect the most about them is their ability to excel in life despite, or perhaps even because of, the things they have experienced. What we get from each other is not sympathy or pity, but understanding and respect. I value the support from these people a great deal, and admire them tremendously.

I think having experienced some messed up things in your life can make you much less judgemental and a much more accepting person. I also think it is important to know that you control your own life. It's not determined by your background, your childhood or people who hurt you.
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From michael
Friday, November 08, 2002, 18:31

Jules This was a great article(reply to this comment
From boss
Tuesday, August 20, 2002, 23:39

best post I've seen on this site to date, Jules. Right on.(reply to this comment
From Shebuah
Saturday, August 18, 2001, 13:17

Well said, Jules, Well said!(reply to this comment

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