Working Together to Save a Life
We, as humans, naturally tend to work together and look after each other. We naturally create support systems with one another within our families, communities, and friends. However, for some of us, this instinct is hard to find or hard to maintain. Suicide, the act of ending one’s life intentionally, is often seen as the only ‘solution’ for pain and suffering. In the United States alone, over 39,000 Americans commit suicide yearly and 90% of those people had conditions that were treatable.
A person may have suicidal thoughts and actions for a large number of reasons, ranging from untreated depression, unresolved trauma, alcohol or drug abuse to even genetics.
Hearing ‘I want to die’ from a loved one or experiencing these suicidal feelings can be overwhelming, but knowing that you or a loved one has the ability to get through this is key. As hard as those words are to hear, this may be a blessing in disguise! This family member or friend has reached out to you and has opened up to you. Talking openly about these thoughts is extremely important while remaining calm. This is your opportunity to make a difference and save a life. However, this does not need to be done alone. There are people to help and there is hope.
A change of attitude, a new season, a promotion at work, etc. won’t cure depression. It requires serious attention, including medication and therapy treatments, which will not only save a life but will make living so much more pleasurable.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at all hours of the day, every day of the week at 1-800-273-8255. At Carrier Clinic, there are also trained counselors available 24/7 to talk to and to get help from at 1-800-933-3579. There is no reason that anyone should have to deal with these feelings alone. Make the call and believe that we can work together to help.
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