This blog is about my life as a mom, raising a son with a mood disorder. This is a tough journey and I hope that my words may allow others living with this illness see that they’re not alone. I’m also using this blog as a tool to process my own feelings and let go of the pain that I carry inside. If you’re new to this blog, check out my list of “Important Posts” in the right column and feel free to share your story with me. This blog shouldn’t be used for medical advice.
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.