World Suicide Prevention Day: September 10, 2012
Monday is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide prevention is a topic I’ve written about many times in the past. While suicide may be an uncomfortable topic for some, I feel compelled to talk about it because I have encountered several people online in these last few years who struggled with thoughts of suicide. I took a class two years ago to learn about the topic of suicide prevention. What I learned in that class strengthened my resolve to do my part to get the word out about suicide first aid resources.
After taking a look at the latest statistics for the traffic that reaches my blog, I see that it includes people from 172 countries. Therefore, I want to emphasize that suicide first aid resources are available in many places all around world. In the last few years, I have interacted online with people who were having thoughts of suicide that lived in parts of the world far away from me. I found this map of resources to be extremely helpful in identifying the suicide first aid resources nearest them.
Thinking of learning more about suicide prevention? I found the safeTALK class to be extremely informative. It is designed for laypeople (“a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources”). For more information about a training class near you, see this link.
Suicide prevention (and education about it) is vital. This wasn’t always a topic I discussed openly – offline or online. Over the past few years, however, I have encountered several people through my work online who were experiencing thoughts of suicide. There are many other people with whom I have not interacted directly but who have reached the suicide prevention posts on my blog via some heartbreaking search phrases. While I may not have interacted with them directly, the search strings that led them to my blog left little doubt about the fact that suicide (i.e. suicide prevention, suicide survivor resources, suicide associated with illness) was a topic that somehow impacted them.
Stigma – and other barriers preventing people from finding and utilizing the resources available to help manage crises – cannot be allowed to stop people from getting the help they need to stay safe. Please join me in spreading the word about suicide prevention. Not sure what to say or how to say it? Feel free to simply share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or even your own blog if you have one. Let’s get the word out about suicide prevention. Help is available. It can be very difficult to find or seek out assistance when one is having thoughts of suicide. Getting the word out about the abundant resources available can make a difference. Please help spread the word about this important topic. Thank you.
This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.
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