Trigger Warning: Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts
I was watching NCIS (the original series) tonight. A young man is seen in a car with his dad. They are having a bit of a heated conversation along the lines of the son not being able to meet the dad’s expectations. The dad gets out of the car to go across the street and get money from an ATM to help out his son who was just laid off from his job.
The dad is hit by a fast moving van and instantly dies. You see the son crying over his dad’s body as it goes into opening credits. The Dad is a Navy officer (and hero) which makes the son feel all the more unworthy.
When the NCIS team gets there the son is nowhere to be found. The only reason they know he was there is an elderly lady who was at the ATM heard the collision and saw the son with his dad’s body, screaming “Dad, Dad.”
You next see the son up on a high ledge of the bank building. Jimmy Palmer, the Medical Examiner’s Assistant goes out after him. They talk and at first, there is no consoling the son, Ryan. However, they start talking about their careers and that they aren’t really where they would like to be and Ryan starts to calm down. They start talking about how people in Social Media have it made, always talking about trips and cars and houses they have bought.
To this Jimmy says, “they never post their b-sides!” When Ryan questions him, Jimmy replies that people only post their good stuff. They probably go through a lot of the same stuff the two of them do.
The show goes on from there (the rest of the team are trying to prove that Ryan wasn’t responsible for his Dad’s death so he will come back in off the ledge). But I was so intrigued by this line that I had to come and write about it. Thankfully I have a PVR!
Anyway, I think this is the perfect lead-in for Bell “Let’s Talk Day” tomorrow (or today if you are back East).
I definitely post my b-sides and pretty well every chronic illness blogger I know of does as well. Whether dealing with mental illness or chronic physical conditions, we talk about our bad stuff because that is how we deal with it. It also helps those around us understand what we are going through.
And while it is great that we read each others’ b-sides, it is more important that they are seen by people who haven’t experienced a depression, chronic pain, a panic attack or MS. So, we have started the conversation – you can see by all of the Guest Posts I have shared over the last ten days – and now we need you to keep it going.
Go to the blogs of these ladies and check out other blogs. There are sites you can go to such as The Bipolar Blogger Network and the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network to connect with other people who share their stories on a regular basis.
Please, hear our side, ask your questions, don’t be afraid to share your b-sides*, … Let’s Talk!
Michael Landsberg is a Canadian Sportscaster who shares an incredible story.
* I am not a professional nor do I suggest anyone I have mentioned to be a professional. If you feel you need help, please go to your family doctor or someone you can really trust.