Sunday, September 4, 2011

Suicide Prevention Week

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. I just wanted to take a moment to bring awareness by sharing some links from the suicide.org website. If you yourself are considering suicide, please call 911 (US only) or the 24 hour suicide hotline 1-800-SUICIDE. If you just need somebody to talk to, call 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK. Suicide is preventable and if you’re feeling suicidal, you must get help immediately!

For more awareness, check out these links:

Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide Causes

Bipolar Disorder and Suicide

Suicide Myths

What To Do If Someone Tells You They Are Suicidal

There are many more links that you can find at this website. Check it out and spread the word. In the US, 1 person every 15 minutes dies from suicide. I can share from my own experience that even children can have suicidal thoughts before they know what suicide is. My son has expressed wanting to die since he was 7 years old. This was caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain making him feel depressed and “worthless”. Feeling suicidal is not a weakness that you should hide from others, instead it’s usually a symptom caused by an illness, like depression, that can be treated. Experts believe that most suicidal individuals don’t want to die, they just want to end the pain they’re experiencing. With the right treatment, life will look completely different and the pain can end in a different way. You are loved and you are worth it.

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1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

suicide.org

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In case you’re wondering why I chose the stock image above, it’s because the rainbow reminded me of God’s promises.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. —Jeremiah 29:11

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