Why then?

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman
PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

Bobby was a good kid. He got good grades in school and had a ton of good friends. His family was supportive to him, and although they often worked away from home, they were there for him.

Bobby was a quiet person, but got involved in many activities in the school. He was even part of a peer group that dealt with teen suicide, and a few occasions, Bobby was successful in actually talking a few teens out of suicide..

Why then, did he choose to take his own life by jumping off the bridge at the end of town?


This little talk about the dangers of teen suicide is my entry into this weeks Friday Fictioneers. Although this tale is fictional, it is based on an actual event and it is something that happens each and every day. Talk to your teens about suicide. Let them know that no problem is too small to talk about. What may seem like a problem they cannot get over may be resolved with just a small talk. This morning, I spoke to my son. I reassured him that no matter what, I will always have his back. Suicide is a threat to teens, but something that can be avoided if we keep an open line of communication. Most of all, tell your teens that you love them, even if it makes them blush.

13 thoughts on “Why then?

  1. In a world where fashion is everything, maybe following the trend is compulsive? Or maybe despair is contagious?
    Good piece.

  2. He could help others because he empathized, he recognized their demons, dealing with his alone, he couldn’t do. Important information, and a discussion I had when my boys were teens. Well done!

  3. Suicide is always a horrible tragedy, but with young teens it is especially sad. Most of us can remember how dramatic everything is during teenage years, there’s high and low, but no middle ground. Good story.

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