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Suicide: A Hit Too Close To Home

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Just Plain Ol' Vic

** TRIGGER WARNING **

This post will be talking about suicide.

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I have written about suicide numerous times because it has touched my life on one occasion already; when my wife attempted suicide, was subsequently hospitalized and when someone berated me for my assertion that suicide is nota selfish act.

I had hoped that it would be my only “close-up” encounter with it but today (Friday, September 9th) unfortunately proved otherwise.

I have a student in my class that has been increasingly withdrawn the last week or two.  Last week and early this week he asked to speak to me privately, wanting to inquire about any mental health services that our company offers (which are excellent BTW).  I tried to be as thorough as possible without asking for specifics (I am not a trained mental health professional and there can be legal repercussions) and to try to…

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