Thursday, September 9, 2010

World Suicide Prevention Day

Hello Everyone, How are ya, Good I hope. I came across this information today on Facebook. I felt the need to get this information out today so that you can share it with others, through Facebook, your blogs if you have one, word of mouth or any way possible. This is a critical movement that will be happening tomorrow. Through awareness we can prevent Suicide and save precious lives. Personally I have been affected by Suicide, as those of you who follow my blog know, but my family and I were so blessed that my mother survived what I now know to be two attempts. If she had not been saved my siblings and I would have never had seen the transformation of her with the new treatment she received years later. By the Grace of God we went on to have twenty years of beautiful family memories. So please join me and 12,413 others so far, in attending the online movement if you can on Facebook beginning tomorrow 12:00am and continuing until 11:30pm. I have included the important links for the event and further information. For one day, by taking taking 5 to save lives, you possibly could give a family like mine many more years of cherished memories. How empowering is that! Thank you for visiting my blog, Love ya, Janet :)

warning signs for suicide
Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help from a mental health provider when you hear, or see any of these behaviors:
* Someone threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself
* Someone looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
* Someone talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
* Hopelessness
* Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
* Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
* Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
* Increased alcohol or drug use
* Withdrawing from friends, family and society
* Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
* Dramatic mood changes

The Lifeline Network answers thousands of calls from people in emotional distress. There are many reasons for their calls. Please call with for any of the following reasons:
* Suicidal thoughts
* Information on suicide
* Information on mental health/illness
* Substance abuse/addiction
* To help a friend or loved one
* Relationship problems
* Abuse/violence
* Economic problems
* Sexual orientation issues
* Physical illness
* Loneliness
* Family problems
Who should call?
* Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal.
* Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one.
* Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals.
Who and where am I calling?
* When you dial 1-800-273-TALK, you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. To find out what center is closest to you search the Crisis Center Locator.
* Lifeline’s service is free and confidential.
* The hotline is staffed by trained counselors.
* We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
* We have information about mental health services in your area that can help you.
What will happen when I call?
* You will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
* You will hear hold music while your call is being routed.
* You will be helped by a trained crisis worker.
* You will be given mental health services referrals if needed.
This list of Warning Signs for Suicide was developed by an expert review and consensus process informed by a review of relevant research and literature. Additional information about the warning signs can be found in the following published article: Rudd, M. D., Berman, A. L., Joiner, T. E., Jr., Nock, M. K., Silverman, M. M., Mandrusiak, M., et al. (2006). Warning signs for suicide: Theory, research, and clinical applications. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 36(3), 255-262.

1 comment:

  1. Hello! It's great to see so many people giving support for world suicide prevention day. As someone with mental illness, I really appreciate people like you who speak out and help to reduce stigma
    xx Bec