Monday, January 9, 2017
Open a Dialogue Today
So many say that the holidays and January are top months for suicide. According to everything I have heard and read, Spring is the highest time. Now is the time to take action and start a conversation with the people we know and love, before it's too late.
Suicide rates are way too high. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA. You can read more statistics like this by visiting The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (I'm not affiliated with them at all. I know know they do some really good things for Suicide Awareness.) Anyway, with the statistics the way they are, chances are that you know someone that has taken their own life.
Have you ever felt that way? (If you have, I'm glad you are still here reading this!) Talk about it. It used to be taboo to talk about cancer. Now, people have learned that by talking about it, there can be more and more help. By hiding suicide and not talking about it, the spread is getting worse. Anyway, instead of just saying, "Oh, that's such a shame." etc., say something along the lines that if anyone ever feels like taking their life, please know that I am here for you. Tell them that you value them as a person and would never want to lose them.
If you have ever felt that way, tell them that too! Don't hide it! Open up and address it. Trust me, there are others that feel the same way but they don't think anyone understands. If you have felt that way and have gotten help, share how you got the help. If you feel that way now, contact someone now. ( If you are in crisis, in the USA, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text Free 24/7 a day - START - to 741-741 )
Let's work together NOW to make this Spring one where LESS people decide they just can't take anymore. Let's make this winter one where people will be able to honestly be able to say they are fine, without lying in emotional turmoil. Start a dialogue today - it may just save a friend or family member's life!