Salvos deal with family pain in wake of suicide
CAPTAIN Jo Chant has witnessed first had the devastating and heartbreaking affects youth suicide has on families.
She said the grief people experience after losing a loved one to suicide can be absolutely crippling.
Ms Chant, who is a Salvation Army chaplain, said she has had to assist a number of Ipswich families who lost a family member to youth suicide.
She said one particular case will always remain with her.
"The mother was beyond devastated," she said.
"She was literally crippled with grief and anguish.
"She was in so much despair I grabbed her hand and asked if she wanted to pray with me, which looking back I think gave her some comfort."
Ms Chant said youth suicide is becoming a very real issue for society.
She said it was an issue that was too often swept under the carpet.
"I really think some of the youngsters have simply lost hope," she said.
"They have not connected with people or the community and they think all is lost.
"The saddest thing is people who attempt suicide are more often than not taken seriously . . . it is a cry for help that is often overlooked or dismissed."
Ms Chant said those who have lost a loved one to youth suicide are often left to deal with a range of emotions and thoughts.
"They always blame themselves and it is almost as though they believe they also have no future," she said.
"The grief process is a long and emotional one.
"Grief is such a individual thing but it can be totally debilitating.
"It is not until a person gets to the point inside when they realise it was a selfish act, and then they can start the healing process."