SUICIDE... BULLYING... DEPRESSION...
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!
Other people's stories... MAY 2000
May 30 & 31, 2000 - Jayme says...
"...i am 17, and i wanted to say thank you because
the past 3 months i have really been considering suicide as the answer
to all my problems. because there is this girl that i like a lot,
i mean i more than like her, i care so much about her, but i don't know
if she likes me or not
May 25, 2000 - Amy says...
"I enjoyed the beautiful pictures of your son and the stories of his life with you. I am sorry for your terrible loss and am going to pray for you and your family. I too lost someone to suicide. Thank you for sharing your page."
May 25, 2000 - Candace says...
"My name is Candace. I am doing a research report about suicide. You are probably asking your self why would someone do a report about suicide. Well, I wanted to do my report on something I know about, and I know about suicide. I have tried to commit suicide 2 and I have had friends that have. I want to know his story. Can you please help me."
May 24, 2000 - Kim says...
"guess what? i did my speech (about suicide) on Monday and i got an A! r ya proud? They loved it and my teacher thought it was great that i talk to you so she gave me extra credit!!"
May 23, 2000 - Richard says...
"I am now 30 years old. When I was 11 years old, I didn't know it then like I do now, but I was very depressed over many things but mostly the thought that I may also be homosexual. I was preparing myself to leave the Earth; giving my possessions away, deciding what kind of note I would leave behind, and how I would take my life and telling others that I wanted to kill myself. So many times I would stand by the wide open window, four stories high, looking down to the ground and realizing it all can end right there. I can't remember what changed in me that I would become less depressed and never consider taking my life again. But I do remember being so sadly close to making that decision... I don't suppose that was the only thing stirring in my young mind so as to draw me to such a dire choice. Having had this experience, I can so truly empathize and even sympathize with Jared's idea of ending the pain. I was virtually there.... My heart goes out to you. With Love and Peace."
May 23, 2000 - Dustin says...
"A touching tribute. I mourn for your loss. And fully understand... I could easily have been a Jared. My cousin was a Jared. If there were healing words, I would say them. In this case, my silence speaks for me."
May 23, 2000 - Jimmy says...
"Just checked out your site and
was deeply touched by your brave generosity and unflinching testimony.
As a 45 year old LDS man, I am in my third year of treatment for severe
depression. I was to the point of taking my own life when I reluctantly
sought help from my Bishop. It has not been easy enduring the "trial by
medicine", the counseling, admission to family and friends that I suffer
from mental illness, the break up of my marriage, loss of
May 21, 2000 - Kristy says...
"...I am 14 yrs old and my 2
friends keep talkin about tryin to kill themself. I looked at this
page and sent it to them and I myself thought a couple of times especially
today about killing myself and i don't know why but looking at this page
made me change my mind. Just like to
May 18, 2000 - Unknown says...
"Hi, just wanted to say what
you are doing is great. I am a teen who has pondered and attempted
suicide on many occasions. I never thought about the pain I would
cause my family by taking my own life. I thought no one would really
miss me. I now see how much of an impact I would have on my family.
I feel your sorrow through your written words and thank
May 17 & 19, 2000 - Luke says...
"Thanks for the warm and helpful
story about your son, Jared. I am very sorry for the loss you must
endure. My grandfather committed suicide in 1985. He was 62
years old. I still miss him. Jared's story reminded me of my
cousin Tommy who also committed suicide. Tommy was 16 years old.
I have had so much hurt and anger and confusion and mostly guilt.
I wish i could have prevented their deaths. I am 30 years old now
and my girlfriend is very suicidal (she has made several attempts).
I have called the crisis intervention hotline, called her counselor, talked
to her parents, I have even had to call the police. However, I feel
at a total loss for help. What can I do to stop her? How can
I get her to stop considering suicide as solution to her problems?
After my cousin took his life, I vowed that no one I care about
May 17, 2000 - Bruce says...
"I have recently created an award for people who have
a story to tell, and have shown
May 15, 2000 - Brandon says...
"Hi, i don't even know you, but i was wandering if you could help? You see, i think I am depressed, and suicidal. I am very over weight (269 pounds), Hearing impaired, cleft palate problem, eyes sight problem, kidney problem. I am always getting laughed at, and can never get a girl to go out with me. What the point of going on, with my life? ...at least all the pain and suffering would go away. Well, i am not sure if this is the kind of stuff or question you are here for or want, but if you are please write me here or at, Bgarcia15@hotmail.com. I am 14." (I have purposely left Brandon's email address in this letter if there are any nice people who would like to encourage Brandon to go on living.)
May 13, 2000 - Kara says...
"I'd just like to complement you on your website Jaredstory.com.
Recently, actually a month ago today, one of my best friends committed
suicide two days after his 17th birthday. Devastation and numbness
was all I felt, and someone suggested I go online and see this site.
May 13, 2000 - Zenya says...
"thank you so much for responding to my e-mail i know how much it must hurt a uncle of mine killed himself ...he did it over losing his wife which still hurts im so sorry that you had to endure the pain of losing a loved one , take care."
May 11, 2000 - Valerie says...
"I am a 25 year old mother of two. I visited your web page today and i would like to tell you how sorry I am about your son. I was also wondering if you knew of a sight that I could visit because you see, This past sunday my 17 year old sister tried to kill herself. Thank God she did not succeed but it was a very close call. She has made a tremendous amount of improvement the past 4 days (physically). Our family is very thankful. But I am having a really hard time dealing with this on my own. Feelings of guilt and wondering why she didn't call me. I would appreciate it if you were able to refer me. Thank you." (There are many sources of help on the 'About Suicide' page)
May 11, 2000 - Jennifer says...
"I don't know why the search engine brought up your
page, but I am so glad that it did. How my heart breaks for your family
when I see the photo of that precious boy and how afraid I feel when I
consider that my own child could make that same decision! I have an 11
year old boy and although life is pretty easy externally for him, he has
problems inside that are breaking his heart. He sees a psychiatrist every
week and that has helped a lot. Even when he was younger he talked about
either killing himself or wanting to shoot people. Usually he is a normal
kid who has the same problems as everyone else - and the same joys. But
then I will notice a flicker of a shadow cross his face and I wonder....
What is going on in his mind? What does he think about his life and the
worth of it? I wish I could put my arms around you and thank you for being,
somehow, strong enough to cope with the death of your son and get on with
your life and put up such an important and meaningful page. I do
not know how I could
May 10, 2000 - Tracy says...
"I think it is wonderful that you have spent the energy on creating something that can help others. I am a divorced 39 yr old woman with no children so I cannot imagine what it must have been like to lose your son. I have major depressive disorder and have thought of leaving this world many times so your site was very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing the goodness in the world. You've made a positive thing out of a very sad one. Peace be with you."
May 8, 2000 - Cathy says...
"im sorry about your son its a tragic story im sorry you have to go through the pain. my best wishes."
May 6, 2000 - Jo Anna says...
"i am sorry about your loss of a son. you are a great mom and inspiration to us all. God bless you and your family."
May 6, 2000 - JLK says...
"The heart felt story you let us know about your son
was heart teaching. I had a problem that no one could understand,
my best friend didn't even know about it. See I was so sad. I didn't know
what to do. So I thought I would kill myself but I couldn't get enough
strength to do it. So when I felt depressed I would CUT my hand a little,
so no one could see it. I thought I would feel better but turns out I only
felt worse. I didn't know why. I thought maybe someone would find out and
notice that I needed someone. It hasn't been so long ago I cut myself.
That I thought I'd go on the internet to here about other deaths. Well,
I seen Jared's story and thought I would just to read cause there was nothing
better to do. I want to thank you for putting up this website for
it has done a ot for me. I know now that I should go and talk to my best
friend tonight and tell her that I have a problem a BIG PROBLEM. Thanks
again you just saved my life. Thanks, JLK
May 4, 2000 - Ashley says...
"...When I was in 7th grade I was very unhappy. In the summer of 99 I tried to kill myself and boy it almost worked. After that I had to stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks. I can't believe I did but it hurts me to think the I am not the only one. People always beat me up and I feel hurt but now that I know I have a problem I can stop. He was only about 14 I imagine. Well thank u"
May 2, 2000 - Alisha says...
"Hello, my name is Alisha and I am from Missouri. Right now I am a senior in high school but taking all college classes. In my advanced composition class I am researching suicide due to several recent suicides in my home town. I was wondering if you had any statistics about this horrible disease and would you be willing to share them with me. ...I am looking at suicide at an unusual angle and it is hard for me to find some information that I need. Thank you very much for you time and consideration."
May 2, 2000 - Heartb says...
"how come jared felt like no one loved him how come
he didn't tell no 1 how he felt. he seems like a really cool guy
and i am a 13/f i would of loved 2 know him! ...can u send me why
jared committed suicide...?
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