|30 days before attempt|
"Suicide claims more than 38,000 lives each year in the United States alone, with someone dying by suicide every 13.7 minutes. A suicide attempt is made every minute of every day, resulting in nearly one million attempts made annually. When you walk in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walks, 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."
|25 days before attempt|
|23 days before attempt|
George and I are walking and rolling in this walk because we feel very strongly about suicide prevention. As seen in the last week with the loss of Robbin Williams to depression, frequently questions are asked when someone attempts or completes suicide. "What could have been done to prevent this?"
|12 days before attempt|
|11 days before attempt|
|10 days before attempt|
Hindsight is 20/20. Before his attempt, George had been seeing a therapist individually and also with me to help us navigate life with chronic illness. George also attended my psychiatrist appointments with me and his depression was hidden so well that when I informed my psychiatrist of George's attempt, he was completely blown away. Calm, go with the flow, even keel George almost died from undiagnosed depression to suicide.
|8 days before attempt|
George's attempt is exactly why suicide prevention needs to be something that everyone addresses at some point. Yes, I am talking to you!!! George knew about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) as he had been with me when I called it because I was concerned about a friend. We had discussed suicide and Migraine in depth as I wrote a series on it. I even wrote a post, which he had read, called "What are You Doing For Prevention?" It can apply whether you have Migraine disease or not.
|3 days before attempt|
Please, take five minutes and empower yourself with knowledge. Check out Suicide Risk Factors & Suicide Protective Factors by clicking HERE so that you could recognize them in yourself, a loved one or friend.
Talking to a trained professional can often help us navigate life's rough patches. Psychology Today has an easy search by city for therapists HERE. HelpPRO has an advanced therapist search HERE that assists in finding a therapist based on items such as location, what they specialize in (i.e. suicidal thoughts, abuse, eating disorder, relationship issues ect.) and their expertise in treating certain groups (ie. adopted, caregiver, biracial, chronically ill, depression).
|day of attempt |
(at my dr appointment that morning)
|We are Walking Out of Darkness and Into The Light.|
Corolla, NC May 2014
**Nothing in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice. Please consult your medical health professional.
Take 5 Minutes 4 Suicide Prevention:
Excellent Suicide Prevention Resource: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Preventing Suicide Page