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I am thankful to be observant, I saved my aunt's boyfriend's life today. He was going to commit suicide. I am still reeling over it.

Had my father not accidentally copied me on an e-mail he sent, I would have never seen Rocky's e-mail to my Dad. My Dad read it WRONG, he thought Rocky meant he was "Going Home" for the holidays... No he meant GOING HOME as in dying/Heaven/Afterlife Going Home. I cannot believe my Dad mis-read such a blatant cry for help, but then again I had my husband read it later and he mis-read it too. Perhaps it just a female vs. Male perception working here. Once I had my Dad, re-read the e-mail, he saw what I did. I nearly passed out from shock then immediately had Dad call my aunt to warn her. Rocky had apparently broken up with her this morning, to get her out of the house so he could commit suicide Christmas morning. Dad got a hold of Deanna and while she was racing back to Rocky, Dad had Rocky on the phone for a "talk down". Rocky admitted to dad that it was a suicide note. I am so very, VERY grateful I read that letter in time and that Dad forwarded it to me in error. God I hate depression and what it does to people you love. I saw my mom battle it, then my dad and I hate what it did to them (But they defeated it, Dad with meds.)

I am posting this personal account from today as a warning for others who read my blog/LJ...

Folks, times are tough, watch your loved ones... close!

Get them help at the first sign of depression, even if they fight you over it, never, ever give up. You might lose them.

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nee_chan
Dec. 24th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Wow... thank whatever God/Gods there are that you were able to read between the lines!!!! I'm glad you guys got to him in time!!!! *hugs*
haydenthorne
Dec. 24th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Jesus. I'm glad you read his message correctly. And I hope he gets the help he desperately needs. This is terrible. *hugs*
caerfree
Dec. 24th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Holy crap is it a good thing you were paying attention. I'm so glad you got everyone involved before it ended up happening.

Good intuition.
karadin
Dec. 24th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Now that's the best Christmas present you ever gave. Good on ya, mate.
storm_maven
Dec. 24th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
One lesson I learned a while ago, although going through depression myself, the reasoning factor for one to live doesn't always work for others, even when you think you have the same similarities. What keeps me going and alive are my kids. Since my mother passed away and my brother has his own financial bullshit and 3 kids to care for as a single parent, I wouldn't dream of putting my kids' care on him. I don't trust they'd get the same care with their father. So this is what keeps me going.

Also, I'm too afraid of missing out on something, so I don't dare take my life. Not only is it selfish for those that love me. It's also selfish to myslef.
nmalfoy
Dec. 25th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
*huge hugs* You gave someone the best Christmas gift ever.
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