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Saturday, 13 January 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Strangers from far away are ready to help

I WISH to express great sadness that Isaac Loo, “Suicide is not something to laugh about” (The Star, Jan 10), has had suicidal thoughts.

I may be just a stranger living thousands of kilometres away but I definitely don’t want anything bad to happen to him. I’m sure millions of readers of his letter wouldn’t want that too.

Isaac, if ever the thoughts crop up again, please find a trusted adult, friend, cousin, neighbour, teacher or peer to share your problems and anxiety.

Talk to a counsellor or consult a doctor and tell him/ her about your suicidal thoughts. You can even write to “Dear Thelma” of The Star or call the Befrienders.org. You must remember, your life is very precious and no one has the right to ask you to “KYS (Kill yourself)”.

Think of your loved ones, your family and friends; how would they feel if something bad happened to you? Nobody wants that, including me. I understand the impact the bullies have had on you in the past, but don’t let them take charge of the rest of your life because of what they did to you. You are stronger than you think and you will be able to overcome the ordeal for good over time.

You deserve to live life to the fullest; everybody does. Don’t give up on yourself!

Isaac, if you ever feel alone again and want to share your thoughts, we, the readers here, are ever ready to listen.

CPL

Metro Manila, Philippines