I had planned on writing about suicide prevention in September, as that is the month of dedication. However, events as of late have urged me to write on the subject today. Whether we realize it or not, taking action can make a difference.
A friend of mine lost her husband to suicide this weekend. It is hard to know how to comfort her. Of course my heart aches for both her and her daughter. Not only is the loss brutal, but finding that lost loved one has to be excruciatingly traumatic.
Personal Loss to Suicide
I lost two cousins and a great grandfather to suicide. Our loss came at a time where is was hush-hush. Nobody talked about it. I’m not sure how anyone endures the aftermath of such a tragedy. We need as much therapy and support for the survivors as we can afford those afflicted with mental illness.
The thoughtless response that suicide is ‘selfish’ is inept. There’s nothing selfish about depression. It is a neurological disorder. If you or someone you know is suffering the best thing you can do is take action.
I ran into my friend and her husband at a show a week ago. I could see the pain on his face. It was the same drained, intense distress I had seen on my cousin just weeks before he took his own life.
In both scenarios I felt incapable of intervention. I thought that the situation was out of my hands and there was nothing that I could do. Because there was someone else closer to them, someone else more appropriate to help. I didn’t want to be invasive.
But the bottom line is, we never know if we are the only one who can sense it. Perhaps we could be the one that could save that person’s life – if we would just take the time. To ask someone, in private, how it’s going when you can see the agony on their face seems like such a simple thing.
Below there are several options for help regarding suicide prevention. Maybe a social media post with a phone number will be exactly what is needed at just the right time. We can never know for sure. But isn’t worth the time and effort to try?
Suicide prevention and support
The National Suicide Prevention hotline is open 24/7. It is there for those considering suicide and for friends or family who are in fear for the life of a loved one. Your call is free and confidential. 1-800-273-8255
Suicide awareness voices of education has a website filled with support in addition to education. Moreover, if you are living with the aftermath of a loved one that committed suicide, you can seek support here. They have compiled and continually update a list of support groups.
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