Local Expert Weighs In On Suicide

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POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 4:03pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:13am

It's been days since La Joya Police Chief Jose Del Angel was found with a self inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. As members of the community continue to mourn, they wonder why he would take his own life.
One local expert says we may never fully understand. The city of La Joya has been left in the dark.
Trying to make sense of the recent suicide of Chief Jose Del Angel has been difficult especially when there's so many unanswered questions.

"The pain of life is more than they can bear and they don't really want to die, they just want the pain to go away, says Lisa Blankenship, Director of counseling and psychological services at UTPA.
She says its ok to feel sad about the loss but there's no room for guilt. She says that no one should feel guilty when someone they know and love takes their own life because its something that individual was going through and is very personal to them.

According to some studies depression, stress or the loss of a job may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts.
To some people these conditions may cause an amount of overwhelming pain and feelings of hopelessness. But its still hard to tell when someone is about to hit their breaking point.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts....
please call the National Hotline for Suicide Prevention at 1800-273-TALK.

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