Acknowledgement and healing

On the heels of hearing about the loss of former Jamesville Dewitt student, Blake Lucas, a young promising life, cut short… way too short… I am compelled to reach out to anyone reading this and ask you to PLEASE… please. Forward this post to someone… ANYONE. At least one person. Maybe send this to someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Maybe send this to someone who is always checking up on you. Maybe send this to someone who always makes you laugh or maybe to the strongest person you know.

When we hear about a suicide, at least in my case, with my brother’s suicide, the need to know WHY becomes an obsession. Maybe the person left a note or a video… Or maybe there was nothing left behind. But let me tell you this, note or no note, video or not, the WHY still lingers. One of the results of my obsessive detective work after my brother’s death, I learned that some people, teens especially, are award-worthy performers when it comes to masking how they truly feel. They may appear to be care-free and happy. They may be the funniest, kindest most considerate person you ever met on the outside… But on the inside, the person may be feeling quite the opposite.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Of the more than 44,000 suicide deaths reported in the United States in 2015, about 1,700 were young adults ages 14 to 18.

When it comes to addressing the heartbreaking matter of a suicide, it is important to pause to address the loss. Two Brothers’ Light would like to acknowledge Blake’s death and personally invite anyone his life touched, to come share at this week’s peer-based support group on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus.

If you can’t make it to this week’s meeting, no worries, you can find our meeting dates on our website: http://twobrotherslight.org/calendar/

And on the library’s calendar page: https://onlibmaxwell.evanced.info/signup

We hope that we can all help each other heal and in doing so, bring the community together.

Most importantly, if you or anyone close to you is exhibiting signs of being suicidal,

Call Contact (315) 251-0600 or take them to the nearest emergency room.

 

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