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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day

This week (September 8-14, 2014) is the National Suicide Prevention Week.

Today (September 10th) is World Suicide Prevention Day.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) states:
"Suicide claimed 39,518 lives in 2011 in the United States alone, with someone dying by suicide every 13.3 minutes. A suicide attempt is made every minute of every day, resulting in nearly one million attempts made annually."
The AFSP sponsors Out of the Darkness Walks, where "you join efforts with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives. The walks raise awareness about depression and suicide, and provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide."

Some dear friends of mine will be participating in their community's Out of the Darkness Walk on September 20th. I will be offering my prayers, support, and encouragement.

More information about suicide prevention can be found:
You Matter, Let Us Help You Through
American Association of Suicidology
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
World Health Organization

If you, or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post, Jamie. Thank you. You are a sweetheart for giving us with prayers, support and encouragement. I know some people don't like feeling they are being hit up for money when it comes to these walks, but often what is needed most for the individuals is what you are giving. As you exemplify, saying "I support you" or "I am praying for you" or "I care about you" goes so far. For many, it is a big thing to "come out" as a survivor of a loved one's death to suicide or as a survivor of an attempt and this event unites people who feel alone/stigmatized and helps promote discussion about suicide prevention. Thank you. You have such a big heart. Love you.

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    1. Kelly, I admire how much courage you both have. I'm grateful and honored to be able to be there for you, in any way that I can. I love you, sweet friend.

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