The Moment I Opened Up About Suicide
A Dose of Inspiration To Get Your Day Going.
Diane Cubitt, Associate & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
In 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was released. One of its most memorable characters was the animated character Jar Jar Binks.
This character upset a lot of fans and was even hated by many for the racial undertones it had. However, what you may not know, is that it nearly led to the actor who played him committing suicide.
The effect of negativity and judgment, combined with the lack of the right support can have horrible effects on us, and can also be the very thing that gets us to turn our lives around.
In the video below he shares how tired he was of everything on the day he almost took his life while walking along the Brookland Bridge;
" I felt tired of defending my work, of defending myself. Tired of explaining myself and having to fight racism."
If it wasn't for a single gust of wind that came and knocked him off balance and woke him up, he would have ended his life that night. Perhaps it was a message to him from a higher power to keep fighting for life?
20 years later, he walked that same bridge with his son. He took him to the place where he nearly ended his life and took a photo which he shared with people to help them understand what he went through.
Ahmed Best shows great strength and courage to speak about how he nearly took his life but was able to realise that life was more valuable to him and he was able to turn things around. A very moving and touching story showing us that even when we think things are at their worst, life is still the most precious thing we have.
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Has been an emotional journey and one that hasn’t ended yet. It is one that I am taking with the help of Lighthouse International and a great mentor. He has helped me to see who I really am and what I want to do with my life and what I want to give back. One of my ambitions is to be able to use this experience and my journey and help others find their way. When looking at what the future holds and what is waiting for me, it is scary, but then I think of what I have already achieved. I know that I can do anything I put my mind to. One of my favourite quotes is, If you can Dream it, you can believe it, You can achieve it.