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World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2010

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, this blog gets daily visitors who have searched phrases such as “endometriosis suicide” before reaching my blog. This has become a major concern for me, especially in light of the fact that my friend and fellow blogger Endochick receives similar visits to her blog on a daily basis. I feel a responsibility to speak out about this topic.

Last night, I received a private message from an online friend who had been having suicidal thoughts. While I have had a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline posted in my blog’s sidebar for some time now, it is designed for callers in the United States. I rapidly began searching for resources in other parts of the world. This post will include some of the resources I found.

Friday, September 10, 2010 is World Suicide Prevention Day 2010. For more information on it, click below:

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP): World Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September, 2010

Learn more:

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Next, please check out this important campaign:

Take 5 To Save Lives (Click image above for information).

Interested in joining the Take 5 To Save Lives Campaign on Facebook?

Just click the link above for more information.

Suicide hotlines/lifelines:

Please note this list is not exhaustive. If your area is not listed below, please consult the link below marked “INTERNATIONAL: World-Wide Suicide & Crisis Hotlines”.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK

Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio:
1-888-628-9454

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1

INTERNATIONAL: World-Wide Suicide & Crisis Hotlines:
See site above (INTERNATIONAL: World-Wide Suicide & Crisis Hotlines) for information, based on your geographical area.

SAMARITANS:
Ireland & UK; Scotland; Wales; England (please see site above for details)

Last but not least, I posted this Facebook status last night and I wanted to share it here as well:

This Friday is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you know someone you think may be having suicidal thoughts/at risk of suicide, please refer them to a suicide prevention hotline and encourage them to seek medical attention from trained healthcare professionals.

The outpouring of information and support last night on Facebook when I was looking for resources outside the US for my online friend in need was just incredible. If anyone reading this is having suicidal thoughts, please know that there are resources available to help. There are people trained to handle such crises. There are healthcare professionals trained to assist with these matters. If anyone reading this is having suicidal thoughts, please seek treatment from qualified professionals and take advantage of the 24/7 hotlines available to help in these situations.

I purposely decided to post this a day early for World Suicide Prevention Day. Perhaps someone reading this will decide to post a link on Twitter or Facebook about World Suicide Prevention Day. Perhaps someone reading this will even consider writing their own blog post about it?

Many people responded to my request for information about suicide prevention hotlines last night. Some have had their lives personally touched by tragedy. Some had suicidal thoughts themselves in the past. Others have worked on suicide prevention hotlines or are active in advocacy work regarding suicide prevention.

Whatever the case may be, the response last night when I put a call out for information on Facebook was striking. There are a great number of people who really care about this issue. The topic of suicide may be stigmatized BUT there are many people who are willing to speak out about it and help direct people to the resources they need.

Check out the YouTube Channel for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by clicking the image below:

I urge anyone having suicidal thoughts to seek help from professionals trained to handle these situations.


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10 comments

1 DavinaNo Gravatar { 09.10.10 at 1:34 am }

I appreciate your intent and the effort you have gone to, to put this list of resources together, Jeanne.

I believe it’s important for people to know that there are places they can reach out to for help. But even more important, I think it’s imperative for folk who suspect that if anyone near to them is in this situation, that they are aware of it and can help them get help. It’s so difficult for someone in this place to admit to themselves where they are at in order to seek help in the first place. Hopefully this will increase the awareness for everyone.

2 AmandaNo Gravatar { 09.10.10 at 6:05 am }

Jeanne,

thank you for taking the time to research and write this post: I am sure a lot of help will be gained from it.

I have huge admiration and gratitude for all those who work for these hotlines, particularly as many are volunteers who graciously give time out of their busy lives in order to help support people they have never met. It takes a very special person to do this and I am not ashamed to say that I am not one of them… I know I couldn’t do it without becoming too emotionally involved myself and this only increases my respect for those who can and do work on these hotlines.
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..Meet an Amazing Musician – Craig Sutcliffe =-.

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4 SaraNo Gravatar { 09.10.10 at 9:35 am }

Jeanne,

This was a very helpful post and I’m so pleased that someone else wrote about this important subject. I loved that you basically used your whole site to bring awareness to the issue of suicide.

I know this post will help educate people about what to look for in their friends, co-workers, family members and others regarding suicide and depression. I also loved the “Take Five to Save Lives” campaign. You did a great job with finding so many good resources. They will give people a tool to do something when they do encounter someone who is struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Last, but not least, thanks for mentioning the World Suicide Prevention Day! Suicide can occur in any country — it doesn’t have one nationality.
.-= Sara´s last blog ..When You’re “Stuck in a Moment” =-.

5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.10.10 at 1:10 pm }

Davina:

Thank you for spreading awareness about this important topic. I appreciate your assistance the other night (when I was looking for hotline options in Europe for one of my online friends). I also appreciate you making me aware of Sara’s post about suicide prevention. Like you, I believe it is imperative for people to be aware of the resources that are available. I absolutely agree that it’s important for friends/loved ones, etc. to notice warning signs and take action as needed. Yes, it can be very difficult for people to recognize when they need help but the good news is that there IS help available. Hopefully, de-stigmatizing and generating awareness will help people who need help get the assistance they need.

Amanda:

As I have shared with you in the past, I am concerned about the frequency with which people reach my blog using various search terms involving the word ‘suicide’. This is a daily occurrence now. It really makes me feel the need to post resources on my site. If doing so can encourage just one person to call for assistance, that is great.

I too have enormous admiration for the people who work on these hotlines. As you mentioned, many of them volunteer their time to do such important work. It really is wonderful that there are so many caring people providing such a needed, important service.

Sara:

I am so glad Davina made me aware of your post regarding this topic. For anyone who has not seen Sara’s post, please take a look at it. It is loaded with helpful resources in the “National Suicide Prevention Week” section of her post in particular.

See Sara’s link below:

When You’re “Stuck In A Moment”

Your candor about the topic of suicide in your own post could well help someone out there to seek needed assistance. In addition to writing a post that really focuses readers’ attention, you provide excellent links with important information. I know your post will help educate people about warning signs as well. I think that the way you tied together your personal experience with the resources people can use to access help was very effective.

Yes, I like the “Take Five To Save Lives” program. Whoever came up with that campaign knew what they were doing. They have a great site.

Until today, I only had the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline posted in my sidebar. Today, I added links for international resources to my sidebar. I feel more comfortable having the additional resources listed. As you said, suicide can happen in any country. Thank you for the kind words and for writing about this very important topic!

~~~

Jeanne

6 SaraNo Gravatar { 09.13.10 at 4:47 pm }

Jeanne,

I thought I’d return and say thank you for the link. You’ve done a great job.

Also, I got to thinking about how people reach your site. Even if they put in the word suicide, they’re coming to a place that offers healing. I think it shows that people do want help and that they are desperate to find alternative places that offer life and hope.

Your site does this and you should be very proud of that:~)
.-= Sara´s last blog ..Story Photo- Fall Season =-.

7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.14.10 at 7:28 am }

Sara,

Thank you.

Yes, I have thought that before… that if someone is searching with the word suicide, they may very well be searching for help and support. I think that many people are creative in the ways in which they seek help.

Thank you very much, Sara. :)

Jeanne

8 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 09.14.10 at 3:01 pm }

Dearest Jeanne,

Suicidal thoughts must be very frightening. I am glad to hear there are caring trained people at the ready to help those in need. Thank you very much for posting this and for helping me learn more about this subject.

I hope anyone in need will get in touch with these Samaritans. Good people who really really care are just a call away.

Thanks Jeanne
xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..“Spirit!” Funny Keyword Searches — Summer 2010 =-.

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.14.10 at 5:06 pm }

Jannie,

Yes, it really is reassuring to know that there are trained professionals available, 24 hours a day, on suicide prevention hotlines and crisis hotlines. I referred two people (who I know from online) to hotlines last week.

Jeanne
xo

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