My guitar teacher from the 1980s passed away two years ago, but I just found out it was suicide.

ZackyDog

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The hospital wanted to release him, despite his condition. He was the last person in the world that you would associate with clinical depression. RIP, Jim.

I saw him in GC in 1995, and then in the PNW in 2003. Then for the next 15+ years, I lost track of him on Facebook.

Thanks for letting me vent. Be well in these crazy times.
 

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During the lockdown, I found out my swim coach took his own life. I didn't have a clue that he was suffering.
 

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I have a childhood friend who is a psychiatrist….he told me that if you ever suspect someone may have that on their mind the best thing to do is look them right in the eye and ask them : “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”

He said that, in a great majority of the times, that allows them to open up to another person.
 

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Sorry to hear of this man, and I know how you feel... been there myself a few times. I just read that there's a serious uptick in suicides these days, and it has mental health pro's rather concerned. The last couple of years have been tough on a lot of people. I hope/wish for people to to reach out to someone and get help.
 

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So sorry to hear about your teacher.

Interesting, how many of us develop a bond with our first guitar teachers. I think Don is still out there but I especially think of him on the 4th of July. Because it was on the 4th, when he was a kid, that a fireworks accident messed his right hand up so much.

Anyway, I apologize for drifting off subject here. I think that suicide, like cancer before it, is gradually becoming something that people are more open to talk about. People used to be so taciturn - now, for many, they say things and so there's a chance we can intervene.
 




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