This is Suicide Prevention Day: How to Stick Your Nose in Other People’s Business

Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness    (c)2015 Nancy Virden

Ribbon-with-logo-lgBacon day was September 5. International Literacy Day passed by on the 8th. Did you miss these?

Do not worry, opportunities for pigging-out and opening your mind abound this month.

Are you a detective? Dive into Agathie Christie Week the 11th through 19th. You’ll be hungry after all that clue-following, so eat British during British Food Fortnight as soon as Christie’s special celebration ends. Not to be outdone, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is also on the 19th.

September 6-12 is Suicide Prevention Week with Suicide Prevention Day being today, September 10. Mixed in with over a dozen Awareness weeks and goofy celebrations, Suicide Prevention may be lost in the fog of “who cares?”

Why care? I and many others give a hoot because suicide is preventable, and while numerous theories on treatment circulate among the informed and misinformed, effective treatment is available.

WHO (World Health Organization) has estimated one million people die of despair each year. In the US, someone dies by suicide every 13 minutes.** What can you and I possibly do about such overwhelming figures?

It may be too late to organize a ceremony, however it is not too late to join one. Out of Darkness walks are planned in dozens of communities, many after today. (See http://bit.ly/1LmjFih to find one near you.)

This year’s theme is “Reaching out and saving lives.” An option is to reach out by passing along information via Twitter (#StopSuicide), Facebook (http://www.nami.org/Personal-Stories/You-Are-Not-Alone, and in your blog if you have one. Post the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number: 1-800-273-TALK)

Tonight at 8:00, wherever we are,  the International Association for Suicide Prevention is asking us to light a candle in a window to show our support for World Suicide Prevention Day.*

And don’t forget one of the most effective prevention tactics there is: Tell someone you are glad they are alive and in your life.

My peace and hope come from an old source, and with St. Paul I can say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The International Day of Peace is in 11 days. Hopefully, more people will be experiencing peace of mind.

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NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental illness. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental health care.

If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Hope and help can be yours.

*http://www.national-awareness-days.com/world-suicide-prevention-day.html

**http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=705D5DF4-055B-F1EC-3F66462866FCB4E6

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