World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10

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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.

 

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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