November 23 was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Know the signs….listen with your ears and your eyes.
Speak up for those who can’t.
Be an advocate.
Don’t shrug it off as ‘this too shall pass’……because it won’t…..at least not as quick as for some.
Someone says they are “fine”……ask them to describe ‘fine’.
Your friend or loved one needs you and most likely will not ask for help.
Start the conversation.
Ask them if they are safe.
Get to them and lay eyes on them ASAP.
Meet them where they are mentally.
Don’t let them sit alone. If they are in crisis, seek professional help immediately. Call 911 if needed.
Even if you don’t believe them. BELIEVE them anyway!!
It can and will be challenging.
Better days ARE ahead!
Show up!!!! Don’t take no for an answer. They are truly reaching out but don’t think anyone is going to listen nor understand.
Thoughts of suicide don’t always lead to an attempt but thoughts can certainly lead to action quickly. Take them seriously!
If you show up for them NOW, there’s a very good chance that you will never have to show up for Survivor of Suicide Loss Day.
Rest in Peace Nita, Kurt, Brett and many others I have known on my journey who have made a difference in my life but were in such pain they took their own.
Bless all who have laid to rest a loved one as a result of suicide. May these souls never be forgotten, always thought of as brave, no longer suffering and now at peace.
I am here for you! 💕
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.1-800-273-8255