Alright, folks, this is important, so please pay close attention.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. During this month, there will be much attention focused on this major public health issue, and what all of us can do about it.
You’re going to be hearing a lot from me about this over the course of this month.
Suicide is something that’s touched my family. It’s touched many families. Maybe even yours.
The first thing I want you to know is, if you’ve had, or are having suicidal thoughts, or if someone you know is, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, anytime, 24/7, absolutely free. Outside the United States, go to http://www.suicide.org to find a crisis center where you live.
(Incidentally, the National Hotline answered over ten million calls each of the last four years. Does that tell you how big a problem this is?)
Whatever you’re facing, you don’t have to face it alone. I swear you don’t. There are people at these crisis centers who will listen to you and help you. Reach out to them.
And, just so you know…
Yes, I’ve had those thoughts, myself.
Still do, on rare occasions, if I’m being totally honest.
Depression has been a part of my life for several years, now. A large percentage of all suicides can be linked to some mental illness, like depression, though it’s rarely as simple as that; there can be many different factors that can lead to someone ending his or her own life.
So, I know. I’ve walked to the edge of the cliff and looked over, more than once. (Not literally, mind you)
Fortunately, thanks to a loving and caring wife, a competent psychotherapist, and effective medication, I walk over there much less often.
But I know, not everyone has those things. I know it would be much tougher for me if I didn’t.
But if you have nothing else, now you got this number.
I hope you never use it. Unless you need to. Then, I really hope you do.
We’ll talk more, later. Please share this with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and all the rest. We need to make everyone aware of the significance of this month. You can find more information at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Also, if you wish to comment, please help me keep this a safe space for everyone, as I don’t monitor this site 24/7. Please, no derogatory remarks, graphic details, or negativity, in general. Thanks.
Please, take care of yourself. You may not believe me, but you are worth it. Trust me.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a qualified counselor; I’m simply directing you to some who can help you. Please contact them, not me. They are always available!
Do You Know The Warning Signs?*
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs.
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
Sleeping too little or too much.
Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Displaying extreme mood swings.