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Feeling like a bug in a cup

Donnalyne LaGiglia
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Imagine that for the last several weeks or months you have been like a bug trapped in the bottom of a cup. How you got in the cup, I don’t know, and maybe you don’t either. How you will get out of the cup will be, most likely, a result of something you do, or what someone helps you to do.

The bug in the cup idea is not mine but rather from a psychologist who used this example to illustrate a major problem we all face from time to time. When we think we are trapped in a situation, we tend to only look for solutions that are limited by what we can see. We have walked around and around inside our cup and seeing no way out, we decide that all hope is finished and that we are forever trapped. We climb up, but slip back down. We perceive our efforts as failing. Then, when we are convinced there are no possible escapes left to us, we become depressed and helpless and hopeless and, sometimes suicidal.

When we feel like the bug in a cup and depression has settled with thoughts of suicide, there is still a part of us that wants to get out and be free to go on living. We want to be free of being confined by our problem.

What got us in the cup to begin with causing this hopeless, helpless condition is typically caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, is environmentally induced, or a lack of understanding our spiritual relationship to our Father in heaven, or some combination of the three.

Our job as a community is to spot people in the depths of a cup as quickly as you can, stretch your hand down and pull them back up.

Find out how you can be a Gatekeeper in our community by attending a Suicide Prevention Education Awareness class at the Gathering Center at the Church at Carbondale on March 10, 2011 at 6:30pm. Free to the community, donations accepted to further the purpose in our valley.

Contact Donnalyne LaGiglia chair/Suicide Prevention Education, at (970) 948-6108.

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