Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Let’s Talk About It!



It was brought to my attention that some people don’t support suicide prevention fundraisers because they fear that giving attention to suicide may actually promote it, resulting in people committing suicide.

This is absolutely wrong.

The only shot we have at preventing suicide is to talk about it. In no way does asking a person if they’re having suicidal thoughts give them the “idea” to commit suicide. It is so important that we understand this. Instead, we need to realize that if a person is having these thoughts, the only way we can help them is to give them the opportunity to talk about it so that they can get help.

Please, if you think someone is suicidal, reach out to them. It may not be easy, but regret will be much harder to live with later.

If you yourself are having suicidal thoughts, please call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You can also call the lifeline to speak to a crisis worker on behalf of someone you’re concerned with and they can help you take that first step in reaching out.

Be a lifeline and help save a life!

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Here is another helpful resource:
Kristin Brooks Hope Center, 
1.800.442.HOPE
http://www.hopeline.com 



4 comments:

  1. Hi Mama Bear, As always, I appreciate your words so much! Please don't ever stop. One thing I wanted you to note. The link you have to suicidepreventionlifeline.org is not taking me to the right website. Just thought you should know.

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    1. Thanks so much for catching that! I had a typo in my html link, I have now fixed the link and it is ready to take you there!

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  2. Hello Mama Bear. I have been reading for a while but haven't commented much if at all. I'm an adult living with BP T2.

    Please don't forget to mention the Kristin Brooks Hope Center, online at http://www.hopeline.com or by phone at 1.800.442.HOPE (1.800.442.4673). It's another important access point for those who have suicidal thoughts or idealizations.

    Suicide prevention DOES NOT give people the idea. Hearing about suicide prevention DOES NOT convince a person with Mental Illness to attempt suicide. Suicide prevention is currently one of the few ways this country can address the issues of Mental Health & the stigmas attached to having a Mental Health diagnosis.

    Keep doing what you're doing. In advocating for your son, you are also helping to knock down some of the stigma. Good on ya!

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    1. Thank you Wendy for the additional info, I’ll add it to this post!

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