- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
Your life is worth living
As I began to read my paper recently one morning I gasped at the headline of the suicidal woman. My family experienced the devastation of suicide five years ago. We'll remember that day for the rest of our lives and always ask the question "why?" Left behind were a 2-year-old daughter, a spouse, parents, siblings and many family members.
I feel compelled to tell everyone contemplating suicide that someone does care. No doubt life is difficult at times, but there is help available to people when they feel life is not worth living. Suicide is not the answer for anyone. Reach out to a loved one, a minister, friend, teacher, school counselor, anyone. Just reach out for help! Help is available.
There is no closure for the family left behind from suicide. They are left with the emptiness and guilt of not seeing any warning signs. The suicidal person does not think about the consequences for their family after this act.
The Fischers should be commended for their actions! I give them the highest praise for their intervention. Mr. Fischer was so right in telling her there was no reason to kill herself. Again, someone did care!
My message is simple and from the heart to anyone considering suicide: Please, please do not do this. There is help available. All you have to do is ask. Your life is worth living, you are a loved person, and we want you in our lives every day!
God loves you and so do others. You are important to us!
JACKIE JOHNSON, Oran, Mo.