Emotional 702 caller shares suicidal thoughts on air
TRIGGER WARNING: The following interview may be triggering.
A 702 listener called in during the open line and expressed how he was suicidal and had nothing to live for anymore.
The 37-year-old man from Alexandra says he has a drug addiction and struggles to make ends meet.
Galeboe explained how his life has reached a breaking point and Eusebius extended a helping hand.
I grew up as a confused young man and abused. I am still confused at 37 and have three boys who I don't know how to look at, they love me too much.Galeboe, Caller
I am calling to the show because I am about to do something, I am about to call it quits.Galeboe, Caller
Everything I do turns to be wrong, adds the shattered Galeboe.
I've got no position in this life, I have no sense of identification. What is the reason for me to go on?Galeboe, Caller
I am alone in this, there is nobody I can talk to and understand what I am going through. I am always looked down upon.Galeboe, Caller
He adds that he is living alone and his parents always tell him he will amount to nothing.
They say they want nothing to do with me. I have been unemployed for the past four years. The only thing that keeps me on is my firstborn, who says: 'Go tla ba right' (Things will get better).Galeboe, Caller
What I want for myself is to be a better person and change completely. I want to be a part of this world and live for something.Galeboe, Caller
Broken after that call of one of my listeners experiencing suicidality on the phone, not sure what the point is of living - unemployed, feeling like everyone judges, not able to provide for his kids... We are a broken society with broken people. My tears feel feeble. #702OpenLine— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) November 14, 2019
Ohhh @Eusebius the delicacy, humanity and grace that you handled that call left me teary. To hear a grown man breaking down on radio and other man allowing them to be that vulnerable, reminded us that we don't have to die. @Radio702 #702openline— Madimetša Ramathunyane (@Ramathunyane) November 14, 2019
Oh @Eusebius 😭😭😭 how will I explain my red eye to colleagues now. Can't leave the car. Oh Galeboe, you did the brave thing by making that call (unemployed and all), 702 community has got you 🙏🏾— Moagisi Sibanda (@MoagisiSibanda) November 14, 2019
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