Fantasia Barrino is reported to have attempted suicide. It has not been confirmed as to whether or not the 2004 American Idol star overdosed by accident. However, it does call into mind what people should do if they are dealing with issues that are overwhelming. In the Washington Metro area people can call CrisisLink to talk with a caring person to talk them through the crisis.
SuicideHotlines.com also provides counseling to people who are distressed. The service asks people to call, “When you feel you can’t go on call a suicide hotline for help.”
Abraham Biggs, 19, used a live-stream web site to broadcast his suicide with an overdose of pills at his home in Broward County, Florida. ABC News reported that the teen was egged on by fellow bloggers to take his own life. The Biggs suicide questioned the insensitive in a society that no longer values human life and has become callous and cold in a world filled with tragedy.
Fantasia Barrino, who thrilled crowds with her performance of Christian songs at the Black family reunion in 2007, achieved great acclaim and financial success after winning the American Idol crown in 2004. Associates have stated that she does not seem like a likely candidate to take her own life. Her publicist has stated that she took an overdose of aspirin and sleeping medication.
Unlike the Biggs incident someone was able to get help for Fantasia before the pills could end her life. Biggs died on camera in Pembroke Pines, Florida, as people watched his Justin.tv live video streaming Web site. Biggs wrote, “I hate myself and I hate living.”
Rev. Samuel Lloyd of the Washington National Cathedral has frequently discussed how as we move to a faster, technologically connected, society that we have moved farther away from a life that is centered in spirituality. All the media hype and bright lights cannot replace a spirit that is grounded and secure. Archbishop Desmond Tutu frequently talks about what sustained Nelson Mandela during his 27 years in prison.
On November 13, 2007, Tutu said it was the power of reconciliation and forgiveness that helped Mandela to live through his persecution by the government of South Africa. As Tutu spoke to a capacity crowd at the National Cathedral he reminded the audience of the story of the Eagle who had been raised with chickens. “He did not know that he was an Eagle who could lift his wings and fly,” Bishop Tutu said.
The world does not know what demons may trouble Fantasia. What is known is that she thrilled millions of Americans with her gift of song. As medical professionals restore her to health, the nation should implore young people to seek help if they are troubled.
Call the CrisisLink to talk to a caring professional who can guide a troubled person through their darkest hour. The need for counseling in these difficult financial times has never been greater. The CrisisLink reminds severely depressed and suicidal people that their suicidal thoughts are only temporary. “Please Remember!! You can always kill yourself – Later!! Just don’t do it now. Put it off for another hour, another day,” CrisisLink .
The pain of major injuries may be so severe and disabling that a person may think of suicide to stop the pain; however, CrisisLink reminds the severely depressed and suicidal that if they can just get through the bad times and can hold on through the pain that they will look back later and forget what it was like to hurt so badly. In the DC area CrisisLink can be reached 24 hours a day and seven days a week by calling 703-527-4077.
CrisisLink is a United Way supported agency.