'Tis The Season...
By Kickntrue on 12/15/10
The holidays bring great joy- but for some great depression. It's a serious thing- so we need to learn the signs and what we can do about it.

Why do I bring this up? For a second day- I'm doing a story about a golf course related suicide (the story from yesterday ended up being a self-inflicted gun shot). Today's is from West Monroe, Louisiana, where a man was found on a mini-golf course- hanging from a water tower.
The man, later identified as Steven Robert Ross of West Monroe, was hanging from the water tower on the course. He said the first officer who reported to the scene cut Ross down and checked his vital signs.

Emergency personnel who were also called to the scene determined Ross, 41, had died.

"They determined he died as a result of hanging," Zeigler said.

Zeigler said the last known contact from Ross was with a friend at around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

"He was reportedly upset," Zeigler said. "He had been having some problems."

Zeigler said Ross was a former owner of the golf course, having sold it to the current owner three years ago.
Sad. Very very sad.

First and foremost- the following are my opinions. I'm in no way trained nor am I any sort of professional in the area of mental health. I'm not trying to "diagnose" the individuals in these reports.

That disclaimer aside- the first thing you think of when you hear about someone committing suicide is depression. For people like me- who comes from a family with virtual no history of known mental illness it's not just hard to relate, it's a tough concept to grasp. Intellectually, I know you can't just tell someone who is clinically depressed to "get happy" or "everything is going to be okay." It doesn't work that way. In real life experience though- I can't think of a time in my life I've been down for more than a day, maybe two, consecutively. I just can't relate... but the problem is clearly real, and one that during the holidays is magnified. As families get together- the problems seem to magnify for those suffering.

Here are a couple links to good resources if you or someone you know may be suffering from depression or contemplating suicide.

800-273-8255 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Warning Signs Of Depression
More Resources


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If you're not depressed- but maybe just feeling a little down- watch this commercial. I skip most commercials these days (DVR RULES THE WORLD) but whenever I see this one I rewind. I know- I'm a sucker- but I just can't help it. It's pure joy!



[ comments ]
Kurt the Knife says:
We understand my wife gets a little bluesy as soon as the days begin to shorten.
Sooooo....
My chosen treatment plan is to drag her to Maui for a week or so, get her all shined up in January or Feb.
Its amazing what happens to her. She just beams driving me around the Kaanapali links. Its been working fabulous for years.
Doesn't do me any harm either and way less expensive than a therapist. ;)
12/15/10
 
Bryan K says:
I spend a bit of time advocating for depression sufferers on the side. I spent the first 32 years of my life suffering from extreme depression. It's not something that goes away, and the worst part is, people how are suffering don't know that there is something wrong. I didn't know, for instance, that it's not normal to think about suicide on a regular basis. I didn't know that it wasn't normal to be constantly worried about what other people thought about me. I thought I was a burden to everyone I care about, and now that I've finally gotten help (and have been depression free for three years), I don't understand how I could have ever thought that there wasn't something wrong.

Winter time is still tough. I hate the long evenings the most. But there is a difference between being a little down and being clinically depressed.
12/15/10
 
C-4 says:
Pray...pray...and pray...and be afraid that if you committ suicide, your soul will be lost and you will not get into heaven. You have to pray spirits of suicide and deppression off. in may cases these bouts are from bloodline curses that must be broken. none of theses symptoms are God-like and we as God made humans are not neant to deal with these spirits.
12/15/10
 
Bryan K says:
Medication worked for me.
12/15/10
 
Paolo says:
I was going to contribute but the read C-4's post. We've gone from a poor bloke suffering REAL mental issues to someone trying to impress mumbo jumbo heaven and prayer crap onto the situation. Not too helpful to anyone that is it? Why do people do that?
12/16/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Yeah, I was going to comment on that "bloodline curse" thing but decided who am i to poo on someone else's belief system even if i find it strange.

Whatever helps you get your head around the mysteries.
12/16/10
 
Paolo says:
Kurt the Knife.
You're quite right. It annoyed me, but I wish I'd have waited and counted to 10 before I started to type now.
12/16/10
 
Bryan K says:
My response about medication working for me was intended as a double entendre.
12/16/10
 
Paolo says:
Bryan... I was right with you, but in my world black is black, sometimes I start a rant about the fruit cakes of this world before actually thinking of a more intelligent style of phrasing my point.
12/16/10
 
Bryan K says:
To be honest, I was laughing hysterically all night last night over this topic. I don't think that was the intention of the article.

But the thing that I found interesting in your rant is that not once did you criticize C-4 directly. Everything you wrote was about what he wrote...not about him. I think I'd say that was some pretty good etiquette:)
12/16/10
 
cpercy says:
Hey it really p!#$%^s me off when people start maligning fruit cake, cut it out.
12/16/10
 
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