Family Secrets: an emotional transnationalism

What would I say to someone who wants to commit suicide?

To answer this question, I have to think back on when I was in the deepest state of my depression and how coming out of it was a gradual, protracted process. The nature of state of depression inhibits us from reaching out to our people. It takes courage to admit that we are unhappy because unhappiness is considered failure. I have had a couple of friends that confined in me their suicide ideations and only then was I able to talk a little bit about mine. I had conflicting feelings and mixed reactions when I had these conversations with my friends and it was almost debilitating at times. I think It would be the same if ever someone confides in me again. One of the most important things that I have learned is to appreciate the fact that someone trusts me enough to relay that information. It  means that they are looking for a flicker of hope but saving them is not my sole responsibility but a community responsibility that includes both of us. 

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