The following video is powerful for individuals contemplating suicide, survivors of suicide loss and for EVERYONE else. EVERYONE else is you, me and EVERYONE in the world. EVERYONE must learn the signs of someone who is feeling depressed and/or suicidal. EVERYONE must learn the best ways to help someone who is feeling suicidal. It is imperative for preventing suicide and saving lives.
Suicide is a crisis WE ALL need to join together to prevent and END. We are ALL in this together—this thing called life… and death.
Death by SUICIDE touches EVERYONE in some way.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. (CDC)
Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. (CDC)
Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)
80% -90% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TAPS study)
An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).
There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)
There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)
Those are just a few of the reasons you should watch, listen closely and remember the words of the following video. Thank you in advance for watching…
The Bridge Between Suicide and Life with Kevin Briggs
Synopsis of a Few Key Elements of Video Presentation
The collateral damage of suicide affects so many people.
Listen to understand. Don’t argue, blame or tell the person you know how they feel, because you probably don’t. Just being there you may be the turning point they need.
Don’t be afraid to ask the important questions. One way you could approach it is like this, ‘Others in similar circumstances have thought about ending their life. Have you had these thoughts?’ Confronting the person head on might just be the turning point for them and save their life.
The one to two percent of people who jumped off the bridge and survived and can talk about it, say the very second they let go of that rail they knew they made a mistake and they wanted to live.
I concur with that last comment. I am a numerous suicide attempt survivor. Over a period of twenty-five years I attempted suicide too many times to count. There were only two times I did not change my mind, but God saved my life and I am blessed to be alive.
The other times I survived because I changed my mind and called 911 myself. After I took possible lethal amounts of medications, I knew I made a mistake and I knew I wanted to live. I got scared after I took the pills. I did not want to leave my children. I didn’t want to die. I just wanted the pain to end, but I did not want to leave this earth forever. I wanted to be saved and I needed help. Many people are not as fortunate as I was. I survived and lived to tell my tale.
I am beyond blessed to be alive. I praise God for saving my life endless times.
Suicide is PREVENTABLE. There is HELP and there is HOPE.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
So, I will write and share a post every day during the month of September containing important facts, statistics and educational information about suicide and suicide prevention. The name of my campaign is called…
Remember in September.
Prevent suicide yesterday.
Today, may be too late.
Don’t let there be anymore “what if” or “if I only” yesterday statements.
Make your today never become a yesterday you will regret.
Save lives. Talk about it. Don’t wait. Get help. Don’t let yesterday become too late.
If you have any stories or information about suicide prevention you would like me to share on my blog, please let me know. I would love to share any information you have. Thank you in advance for your contributions.
Together we can do this. It takes a village…
and this wonderfully beautiful blogging community…
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