Our small community has been rocked by the suicides of a 15 year-old girl and a 13 year-old boy within a week of each other.
My heart aches for these children who felt that life was too hard, too painful, too overwhelming, too lonely, too sad to continue. My heart aches for the families and friends who have to deal with the aftermath. My heart aches for my 11 year-old daughter who sat in her 6th grade homeroom while her teacher explained that an 8th grade classmate committed suicide. Innocence gone in a flash, replaced with a cold and harsh reality.
My heart is heavy for all that is lost.
Emergency hotlines: Marin Suicide Prevention 499-1100, Marin County Office of Education Anonymous Tip Line 499-5841, National Hotlines–800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255), www.save.org