Suicide Prevention

This is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. During this pandemic it is more important than ever that we be there for each other. You don’t have to be a mental health professional to make a difference. Being aware of the signs, knowing where to turn for help are things we can all do for ourselves and each other.

On average there are 132 suicides per day in the United States. Over fifty percent of these are carried out by firearms.

See this post for signs and symptoms of suicide as well as resources that are available:


  1. When I was a counselor in a hospital that treated mental health issues, I conducted group therapy. One of the favorite sessions I repeated often was calling the Suicide Prevention Line in the middle of the room with my cell phone on speaker. I would say that I was a counselor and that this was a non-emergency call but that I just wondered if it would be okay if someone called that wasn’t suicidal. Every time I was reassured by a kind soul it was absolutely acceptable for someone to call that wasn’t suicidal. They asserted that they were there to listen if people needed to talk, or didn’t even know what to say. The most gentle and personable operator said, “Honey, if you want too you can call and tell me about your cat.” I believe she meant it. If you think you should call or may need to call in the future do a test run so that you will use it when you need it. Hope is healing.

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