Monday, June 6, 2011

Suicidal Thoughts by Shana Jay

There was a reported suicide in downtown Memphis over the weekend where a 41 year old man jumped to his death from the Peabody Rooftop on Saturday around 3:30p.m. He had a suicide notice attached to his body but it wasn’t clear why he killed himself. What pissed me off was to hear that people were taking pictures of this man’s dead body including a certain Bishop who I refuse to name until the authorities arrived.
When this country was declared to be in a recession and to my surprise the suicide rate increased across the map. There were several murder suicide also reported on a weekly bases on CNN and other local channels. I had a family member to kill himself because he was simply discouraged. I too contemplated suicide but because I had a support system that cared enough for me to reach out I’m here today.
This is how I see it, people are crying out giving several signs that they want to give up on life but people are not listening. What I mean by not listening is their cries are going unheard or not being taking seriously enough to get involved.  Prime example, I had a friend who came off suicidal or should I say “bare watching” I called a family member and shared my concerns so they could get involved and the response that was given shocked me. The family member stated “If that does happen the only thing I would be concerned with is the fact that the insurance company wouldn’t cover the funeral.”
Insensitive statements of this nature are not what I would consider a WWJD approach to something so serious. I feel suicide in some way shows that a person has lost hope and they can’t possibly see a way out. People are under the impression that people who commit suicide will go directly to hell. Well I couldn’t find that scripture in the Bible but what I did find was that the only unforgivable sin is the rejection of God and blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Mark 3:28-29 "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin."
In conclusion, nearly 1 million people worldwide commit suicide each year. I truly believe that this number could decrease if we would take time out to see about each other. Everybody didn’t come equipped with a strong mind and a lot of people don’t know God for themselves. If we call ourselves Christians then we should take the next step in helping out are sisters and brothers who don’t see life the way we do. If you don’t think your words or involvement will help you can take the next step by calling 1-800-273-8255 which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Shana Jay


  1. Da Point wow is right chile! JWMoor thanks so much!! thanks for taking the time out to read my blog :)

  2. Nice work. I myself have walked down that dark road but thankfully I took a detour before I it was too late. You are right, you need a strong family foundation around you & they should be able to reconize the trouble signs when they arise

  3. Anonymous yes even if its not family you should have a circle of friends who u can trust with your feelings so they can know how to help. Im glad I did cause I was a pill bottle away from the stairway to heaven but God has me here for a reason and I plan to finish my assignment. Im glad ur here too anonymous or we would be able to share our story that we did overcome the struggle ya know what I mean!