Sunday, November 20, 2005

Perspective

It's been a very busy last few months with the campaign and all, and I intend to do some thinking and jotting some thoughts about the recently concluded political campaign when I have some time. It's been just about 2 months since my last post here, but tonight something happened as a result of the blogosphere that gives me a little perspective and I wanted to put it down as a reminder of how what real struggle is like.

I received an email that was sent through another blog site I help administer, and it appeared by all accounts to be a suicide note. I'm not trained in such matters, but I know that any person who would put such thoughts into words or emails needs to get help - of whatever kind - immediately.

All we had was a partial email address and a name, so I went to switchboard.com, put in the person's name and town (she had indicated where she lived) and there was a match. We sent an email reply, and tried to call the number but there was no answer.

So we called the local police in her town, gave them the information, and they said they will do their best to locate the person and send help.

It's an enormous burden to contemplate what must be going through this person's mind, but for now all we can do is pray that her outreach might get her some help.

In the midst of this, I'm reminded that as busy as our lives are, as difficult as things can appear at times, we're greatly blessed.

So to my email correspondent tonight - though you may not be able to see it right now, you are loved and you are in our prayers. Stay with us.

5 comments:

Bre said...

Mike,

If this person is sending out an email where she knows other people will read it, then she's not ready to go just yet. She's reaching out for help and now is the most critical time, she needs to see that she is loved and wanted in this world and she needs confirmation that she is worthy of living. Then with this love and support she can take the steps in the right direction, whether it be getting counseling, seeing a psychiatris, taking anti-depressants, or any combination of the three, or any other methods. Do you think once the police check on her that they plan on contacting family members or friends? If they don't how is she going to get the help she needs and wants?

Bill McCrory said...

If your intuition and experience told you the email could be a suicide threat, then you could not have handled it differently or better. You were in no position to accurately assess the sender's state of mind or motive, so responding benevolently was completely appropriate.

Bay Views said...

What is the "Switchboad.Com... This sounds interesting...

Your announcement on wild card yesterday sure shut up the idiots quick...Well Done.

I too, once had to handle a potential suicide. Another well done, Herb

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