Within the past 15 months, 3 men I know in their late 40’s to early 60’s have committed suicide. This is 3 men too many.
One can’t begin to imagine the despair these men must have felt to take such an action. Were they in this dark place due to anger, fear, hopelessness? Did they feel things would never get better?
Often when people think of peace movements, they think BIG, as in Ghandi or Martin Luther King, changing a direction in the world. There is also a smaller personal peace movement that needs to happen – one that happens inside the spirit, where one opens the heart up to hope, to connecting with their fellow man, and forgiving and accepting oneself.
“If you, or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
If you are a veteran in distress, please call the national veterans suicide crisis line (1-800-273-8255) you will be connected to a VA specific line so you will speak to someone who understands.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention– general information about suicide
- Triangle Consortium for Suicide Prevention-Triangle resource for getting active in suicide prevention and Triangle support groups
- National Mental Health Association– Information and help
- ReachOut – A place for teens to talk with other teens
- National Institute of Mental Health– Statistics and Prevention
- SPRC– North Carolina State Suicide Prevention Information
- It Get’s Better Project – Provides support to LGBT youth and youth being bullied
- To find out more about the difference you can make in a friend or loved one’s life, visit http://www.whatadifference.org/
- Healthy Mind and Body, A Resource Guide to Suicide Prevention – Thanks to the Girl Scout Troop from Seattle who thought this would be a helpful resource!
- It’s ok 2 Ask about youth suicide prevention
- Save a Life A teen suicide awareness program”