September is National Suicide Prevention Month in America.
Two years ago this month, I wrote a series of posts on this topic, “A Ray of Light”, Parts 1-4. I invite you to read them if this is something that concerns you or someone you know. I shared information about the signs a person may be suicidal, what to do for someone who is, and who to contact for help.
This means something to me. I myself have had suicidal thoughts in the past, and came close to doing it once, and I lost an uncle to it many years ago.
It still registers as a national health crisis, as often as it occurs, and it’s getting worse. The statistics bear that out.
And I have to ask, why is that so? Where are we failing these people?
Is word not getting out that help is available? Is suicide still too uncomfortable a subject to mention in public?
Well, how comfortable are we with all these people killing themselves?
Folks, we have to talk about this more. We need to be perceptive around our friends and family. We need to not be ashamed to ask for help. We need to not hesitate to ask to help.
During this month that focuses on suicide, let’s all make it our focus. It’s extremely important. We’ve got to get a handle on this. Way too many precious lives are needlessly lost every year, every day. We can put an end to it.
Life can really suck sometimes, I know. But let’s all face it together. None of us has to alone. Please, reach out for help. Don’t give up.
I almost gave up 33 years ago. I’m glad it didn’t happen.