How I wish this day was not so dear to my heart. In the past 20 years, I have lost my best friend, my son and about 15 more people who were clients in mental health. One would be too many but the numbers continue to soar.
Please read some of the information in the link I have provided. Share them. Educate yourself about suicide and don’t ever think it can’t happen to your family or friends.
If you don’t do anything else, light a candle near a window on Saturday night at 8:00 pm to let people know you care.
If I could only tell you one thing about how to prevent suicide it would be this. Use the word suicide. Don’t beat around the bush asking if someone is going to hurt themselves because when a person is suicidal they don’t believe what they are about to do is going to hurt. In fact, they believe it will hurt less. If you ask them if they are suicidal and they say yes, call for help.
International Association for Suicide Prevention’s, World Suicide Prevention Day on Facebook
World Health Organization Mental Health page
Local – in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties REACH takes the lead in suicide prevention.
An organization I have a particular affection for is Your Life Counts. It reaches out to youth.