May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this post may be uncharacteristically triggering, but it’s also very important. I’m talking about a suicide from my home town. If that’s going to bother you, I understand tapping out now. No apologies needed.
Earlier this week, a young couple broke up. I won’t pretend to know all the details, but I do know that break ups seem world ending when you’re in the middle of them. They’re just the worst. But then a couple years later, once you’ve healed, it’s like, “Oh her? Yeah. We broke up. I don’t really want to talk about it.”
So the girl in the couple went to work at our local grocery store and the guy went to the store, too, but with gun. He stood in front of all the registers – and his ex-girlfriend – a little before 3pm on a weekday afternoon and shot himself to death.
He was also standing in front of the employees, who will need help and could see understandable lasting issues with fear around going to work. And he was standing by customers – adults and children who weren’t yet school-age – who could now see issues walking into grocery stores.
And what about the people in the back of the store who weren’t in the eye line of the event? They had a moment, which I’m sure slowed down to feel like an eternity, where they weren’t sure if it was active shooter situation.
Are you familiar with the butterfly effect? Not the 33% fresh movie with Ashton Kutcher but the theory. It states that a butterfly fluttering in Rio de Janeiro could change the weather in Chicago.
Do you see what I’m saying here? We need to take care of our own mental health. It effects everything, whether or not it’s immediately apparent.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Alliance on Mental Illness