Saturday, May 9, 2015

Everyone Should Take 5 Minutes 4 Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention has been weighing heavily on my heart recently, and I want to encourage you to take a moment and share this information with your friends and loved ones. You never really know what is happening in someone else's life- even those the closest to you. Take a moment to read through this post as there is new and updated information shared. Check out Now Matters Now! There is no time like the present to let others know "If you are hurting, I care."

**Check out this Concise Version of this blog as it has many helpful resources**
Concise Version:
If you are in crisis or are suicidal, please call the (US) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255
Don't live in the US and are in crisis or are suicidal? Check out the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders.org.
Click to Chat in the US with someone by using the button on the right side of the Lifeline home page HERE.
Learn about how to Create a Safety Plan HERE and consider using THIS Safety Plan TemplateBoth George and I have one!
Download the MY3 app for your smartphone HERE available on iTunes & Google Play.
Lived through a suicide attempt? Check out With Help Comes Hope - support for persons living with suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.
Support others using this helpful Suicide Prevention Toolkit. Great ideas for Facebook & Twitter.
Lost a loved one/friend to suicide or know someone who has? Check out the AFSP's "Coping With Suicide Loss" support section.
Don't know what to say to someone who is going through a rough time? Send a Lifeline E-Card to someone to show you care and to share hope.
Do not miss out on my favorite support website with free "researched based ways for managing the most painful moments of life" at Now Matters Now.
Participate in supporting Suicide Prevention Research by attending an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out Of Darkness Event/Walk or supporting someone who is attending. George and I participated in Chicago's Out of Darkness Event in September 2014 and it was powerful. We are planning on September 2015!
Learn more by checking out two fabulous websites:  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
And  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are hurting. I care.

Longer Version: If you are in crisis or are feeling suicidal, please call the (US) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255 OR go to their website & Click to Chat with someone by using the button on the right side of the home page. Outside the US, check out the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders.org.

As George & I say: Everyone Should Take 5 Minutes 4 Suicide Prevention regardless. We came up with this saying because George's suicide attempt was a shock to everyone including himself. Create a safety plan (find out about creating one HERE); consider using THIS Safety Plan Template ; put copies in places you can easily get to if you ever happen to need it. (G & I each have one!)

Read about and Download the MY3 app for your smartphone HERE available on iTunes & Google Play; it is an app which helps you create a support system, put together a safety plan toolbox & store your information confidentially.

If you have lived through a suicide attempt, check out With Help Comes Hope - support for persons living with suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline AND  the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are two websites I go to regularly. Both have excellent information on helping yourself and helping others. The NSPL has a great way to support others through their Suicide Prevention Toolkit. The AFSP has a support section called "Coping With Suicide Loss" if you have lost a loved one/friend to suicide or know someone who has.

Do not miss out on the website: Now Matters Now. It is an INCREDIBLE website created for you and me whether we are in crisis or not. Find out why I think this website is so fabulous by reading the  Now Matters Now's About page below:
We have had suicidal thoughts and emotions and problems that felt unsolvable. Here are our stories, including research based ways for managing the most painful moments of life. We teach Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Opposite Action and Paced-breathing. These skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, proven to be helpful for people considering suicide. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling. You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools - they are useful for most people and many problems.
(In August 2014, I shared about our plan to participate in the AFSP's September 2014 Chicago Out Of Darkness Event/Walk in a post I wrote, called "And Into the Light,"  If you supported George & I participating in this walk monetarily or otherwise, therefore you supported suicide prevention research like the research that went into creating the Now Matters Now website. We plan on participating in this worthy event again this September 2015. I look forward to sharing photos and our experiences from the 2014 event.)

Please share suicide prevention information with those you love on email/Facebook/Twitter. Share the lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 & website, information from any of the above mentioned websites. The Suicide Prevention Toolkit has some great prompts for Twitter & Facebook as well as warning signs easily shared to social media. Just scroll down on the link HERE. As the NSPL says, "sometimes it is hard to know what to say when someone is having a rough time" and so they have Lifeline E-Cards you can send to someone to show you care and to share hope. Thank you for taking 5 minutes 4 suicide prevention.

If you are hurting, I care.

*Nothing in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice. Please consult your health care professional.