Reaching Out and Saving Lives

The title of this blog is the theme for today’s International Suicide Prevention Day.

Check out two blogs I wrote for Young Ones about suicide warning signs and how to support someone who is suicidal.

9 Warning Signs Someone Could Be Considering Suicide
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5 Ways to Support Someone Who is Suicidal

Blog- 5 Ways to SupportSomeone Who isSuicidal

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9 thoughts on “Reaching Out and Saving Lives

  1. I figured I would share this with you. Oddly enough I have managed to be a magnet for people that have PTSD, have been raped, were suicidal for whatever reason, physically and mentally abused. Many got on meds, I did too, while they graduated to massive amounts of street drugs I never have. For the ones that I met before them spring boarding to anything bad they immediately became very comfortable. These were soon to be gfs, regular friends, kids I coached and a few others. Just them talking it out got them from being afraid, freaking out, being destructive and more. I considered schooling for it. My father on the other hand never said a word or acted differently. In 1981 he was kicked in the head by a horse and his jawbone was destroyed and he was wired shut for 6 months. Meals through a straw and became epileptic. None of this altered him and he worked his normal easy job for my grandfather. Yet on three occasions he tried and failed. 200 narcotic pain pills, another time 200 sleeping pills and lastly he tried to shoot himself and somehow missed. I was a kid at the time and part of me was OK with it as he was abusive and drank, not heavily but was always out of it and hit real hard. Every time he did something I got to have his van while he was in treatment. How I was as cold to him yet to strangers at the time I was so good to baffles me. But I am glad that I did. 1 person is a Captain in the Air Force and did a few war tours, another became a DR and has 4 beautiful kids and another became a therapist herself and is so much better and I still talk to them all 20 years later. I believe in being aware as your post suggests because a slight change can mean something is about to happen so I pay attention. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much for sharing all of this with me! Suicidal thoughts, behaviours and attempts are very hard to deal with and very scary for all involved. It honestly makes sense to me that you would be more open to hearing about all of this from strangers but not so much when it came to your Father. it’s always different when it’s someone you care about. I am glad that you can be there for people 🙂

      • Well with my father there were never any warning sides, we did not get along. He took anti seizure meds and was not supposed to drink and 5 times in public, including the mall and while driving he was drinking and had a seizure and almost killed us. It did not stop me from knowing the protocol to do and not to do when someone has a seizure. I would keep him safe and made sure others were out of harms way, as they are quite scary.

  2. Certainly good advice and recommendations… My attempts were all impulsive with no planning, so doubt anyone could have stepped in, but good post with good advice.

    • Mine was impulsive as well! In the post I write that if you are unsure if someone is feeling suicidal just make sure you’re checking in. People should always know that they are cared for and important.

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