Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ottawa Loses Another 15-Year-Old to Suicide

I saw this video posted on a memorial page for another 15-year-old Ottawan who just recently committed suicide.  I didn't want to watch it at first, hoping that it was just an old video that I'd missed.  That's the effect so many suicides is having on me.  Alas, I was wrong.

On Wednesday, December 28th, 15-year-old Ian Stone ended his life.  There are no details about it, so we won't read anything into it.  No mention of being bullied.  No mention of having issues because of his sexuality.  No answers.  The only answer needed right now is that the family and friends of this 15-year-old are in a lot of grief.  I wish I could post a link for you to go pay your condolences.  That's not the case.

If there's a silver lining to this recent spate of suicides, it's that people are seriously, and finally, getting fed up of reading about these.  Hearing about these.  And, people are rolling up their sleeves and getting involved.  They're getting involved at the ground level, where it's needed the most.  Young people are volunteering their time to their peers who may be at-risk and in need.  Multiple support groups are popping up daily, if not faster, on the online social networks.  Some are blogging about it.  People are getting involved in great numbers.  Obviously, we need more.

For now, we send our condolences to the family and friends of Ian Stone as we say goodbye.  And, we say, collectively, Rest in Peace to one more young soul we never knew but will never forget.  Then, we vow to him, and to all of the other teen suicide victims before him, that we'll never give up fighting to make things change.  We'll never stop until teenaged suicide is a thing of the past.

************IMPORTANT FOOTNOTE**************

Since facebook has stunned my ability to circulate this blog every day, the readership has steadily declined.  The work is too important to let that happen.  So, I encourage everyone who reads this blog to share the link with your friends.  The more readers, the better the odds of reaching people in need.  Thanks.

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