Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It's Suicide Prevention Week

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

You may be thinking "Well, shouldn't that be every day"?

The answer is definitely "Yes".

But, realistically, we all get wrapped up in our own lives so much that it is good to have a reminder to check in with other people.

Having a specific day for suicide prevention is helpful because some people have never thought about suicide. Or don't realize that someone they know has thought about it.

And, even if it is only brought up just this one time each year, it may still be enough to save someone's life.

Along those lines:

I am not a great corresponder. In fact, I kind of suck at keeping in touch with people. I know this. If we are friends you also know this. However, that doesn't mean that I don't think of you often. And even though we may not have spoken in weeks, or months, or even years, for my part, we are still friends.

If we are family, well, you're kind of stuck with me anyway but the same general principle applies to you.

What I'm saying is: I am here. I have heard that I am a good listener (see what I did there?) if anyone needs to be heard. I don't judge. Well, I might judge but I will do it to your face. Because that's what real friends do. Also, I joke. It's kind of my thing. Don't act like you didn't know. But I can be serious if you need me to be.

Or if it's easier for you to be anonymous: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

If you need help reach out, someone will be reaching back.

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