COLUMN: You don’t have to feel alone this Christmas

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By Shannon Brock

I’m a huge football fan. Most Sunday afternoons you’ll find me plopped down in front of a TV keeping up with as much NFL news as possible. I follow more NFL experts on Twitter than my husband does, and I use my spare time to stay up-to-date on the latest news.
So, checking my Twitter feed on Saturday, I was shocked and saddened by the news coming out of Kansas City.
In case you hadn’t heard, one of the Chiefs players murdered his live-in girlfriend, drove himself to the team’s practice facility where team officials tried to talk him down, then, after thanking those same officials for the opportunities he’d been given, took his own life there in the parking lot.
The gravity of this situation extends far beyond football and that point was driven home to me when Kentucky’s own Ashley Judd tweeted that this issue was not a football story: “Actually, it’s another gender violence, intimate partner murder crime.”
She was right. We may never know the exact role football played in this horrible tragedy (were head injuries a factor in the player’s behavior?), but the issue is larger than that. Domestic violence incidents happen every day, and if you are a domestic violence victim, there are options for you.
The number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is1-800-799-7233.
Maybe you’re not a domestic violence victim, but you’ve had thoughts of harming yourself or worse.
You don’t have to feel alone this Christmas.
Sometimes as humans, we reach a point where we don’t know what to think or what to do. Not a single one of us is perfect, and we all make mistakes.
If you’re facing something that you cannot handle alone, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
These are national resources, but let me assure you, the Spencer County community is full of nice, giving, caring people and you don’t have to go far to find someone who would be more than willing to help.
Our community is blessed with an abundance of churches, and I don’t think it’s out of line to say that whether you’re in a bad relationship or have had thoughts of taking your own life, any number of the pastors in this community would be willing to talk with and help you.
There is another way out. To quote the old saying, sometimes its darkest just before dawn. If you’re going through a rough time, it’s not a weakness to look for help, it’s just a step in the right direction.
You are somebody to somebody and your life is one worth getting on track.
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.