Many men have these types of mantras:
- Leave dust, or eat dust;
- Nice guys finish last;
- It sucks to be you;
- Its a harsh world;
- Each man for himself.
And there are other men who are:
- Emotionally or psychologically paralyzed;
- Having racing thoughts;
- Overwhelmed with futility.
Neither list is exhaustive.
The man who is pre-suicidal is not always recognizable. He may smile when he is supposed to; make eye contact when he is supposed to; laugh when he is supposed to.
The man who is pre-suicidal may be a dad; or a husband; or a single man.
The stats show that many men who complete suicide do not tell anyone before it happens. They don’t always give clues in their talk.
Some say that suicide is based on:
- irrational thinking;
- belief that they are damaged goods.
Blogging, I believed, can be a significant means of decreasing suicidal thoughts / actions. I say this because for some folks, blogging is the only community they have. And community, when it is healthy, helps to keep an individual thinking healthy thoughts.
Some might disagree, understandably. Some have a logical perspective that goes something like this: “If someone chooses to take their life, that is their decision. I am not going to worry about anyone who may be suicidal / pre-suicidal, because I don’t have time to think about such things.” And this makes sense.
Others worry too much about such things.
And others care deeply about the relationships with friends / family / work associates.
And what can you do if you sense that an individual is having suicidal thoughts?
- A big part of this is that each person has their own responsibility to get help;
- Another big part of this is the theory that some folks are so “down the road” that they don’t know how to ask for help; and even if they did ask for help there is a belief that no one cares. And for some people, that belief is accurate.
- Based on the above, we as peers can be (but are not obligated) attentive to any signs (verbal or nonverbal) that there is trouble brewing in the life of someone we know.
Lastly, the man who is pre-suicidal must:
- Move in redemptive, productive, ways;
- Grab hope with passion and intentionality, and hold on: that is a man’s responsibility;
- Grab courage, because it is there . . . inside them;
- Realize that it is easier to check out at times, than to check in.
- Search heart and mind for the causes of suicidal thoughts, and make changes ASAP.
- Build some healthy relationships that are reciprocal: investing into a relationship, not just “taking;
- Think outside the box;
Life is difficult. Life has some purpose, and we need to find that purpose, and keep our eye on the ball. There are honorable ways to fight. We have to fight for our lives, our sanity, our self-care. “For some men, it is not the fear of dying, it is the fear of living.” Unknown