Helping Prevent Suicide – 5 Steps

September 10, 2017

Did you know we can all make a difference in helping to prevent suicide? Please take some time this week to learn how 5 action steps can help.

Did you know we can all make a difference in helping to prevent suicide? Today, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I am hoping you will join me in helping to prevent future suicides. By educating ourselves and spreading the word we will make a difference.

Suicide hits close to home for me from many different angles. The loss of someone to suicide is devastating and painful. Even when we try our best sometimes, we are not successful in preventing suicide.  My prayers and heart go out to those of you suffering this particular loss.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a message for us on how we can do our part to reduce suicide. Please take some time this week to learn how the 5 action steps can help.  Click here for more information. 

Five Action Steps to Help Prevent Suicide:

Ask – Be brave and ask them directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”

Keep them safe  Be sure to keep them away from something they could use to hurt themselves.

Be There  Listen carefully to their responses.  Find out what is causing their pain.

Help them Connect – Connect them to the people who will be able to help. The suicide hotline number is  800-273-TAlK (8255).  This hotline is not just for the one who is having thoughts of suicide. If you are concerned about someone – you can call too. 

Follow up – Staying connected to this person can make all the difference in the world.  Do check on them on a regular basis and spend time together.

Do you know?

The Suicide Risk Factors –  click here.
The Warning Signs –  click here.

Together we can all make a difference in helping to prevent suicide. Yes, of course, it can be scary to get involved, but please take the time to educate yourself and get involved.  

You just might be the one to save a life, and every life is worth saving.

 

 


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22 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lureta

    Thank you for sharing. This is a message that needs to get repeated over and over again. Suicide is such a serious issue but I believe some can be prevented if the public becomes more educated.

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      Maree Dee

      Lureta,

      Yes, you are so right we need to keep repeating it, so we don’t ignore it. I agree we can help to prevent it with a little education. Thank you for stopping by. Maree

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    Connie

    Thanks for sharing this, I think this is a really big issue, I know in our small community we have way more than out share, When my girls were a little younger we had 3 not very far apart of men that the girls knew very well ( all were parents of friends of theirs ) It was so had to try and explain it to them. And more recently we have had several kids that have done this. It is so heartbreaking.
    Thanks so much for sharing at LMML
    Have a great day
    Connie

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Connie,
      It is so sad the suicide rates are going up not down. So many people are hurting these days. I am so sorry for the losses in your community; it must have been difficult for all. Also something you never dreamed of having to explain to your young girls. So true it is heartbreaking to all. Hoping we can all help spread awareness and advocate to prevent some suicide. Thank you for stopping and commenting on this subject. Maree

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    Brenda

    So deeply saddening. My heart goes out to the family and friends as well. I’ve had several friends who’ve been through this with loved ones, and my sons have had several people in their circles take their lives. Heart-breaking for sure. Thanks for sharing, Maree. ((xoxo))

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      Maree Dee

      You are welcome. The more we share and understand the more we can help prevent suicide. Thank you for stopping by and reading and leaving a comment. It was nice to have you back writing on your blog. It sounds like a great break you had. Have a great weekend, Maree

  4. Reply

    Julia

    This hits close to home for me as well. The last couple of years have been a crash course in mental health issues as my stepdaughter has repeatedly struggled with suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues. It’s important that we talk about this in our families, churches, and communities. Thank you!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Julia,

      I am so sorry you stepdaughter is dealing with mental health issues. Sending a prayer right now. I couldn’t agree with you more we all need to be talking about mental health just like we talk about other medical issues. I find the more people understand, the kinder they become. Thank you for stopping by. Maree

  5. Reply

    Meghan

    Thank you for sharing this Maree!

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      Maree Dee

      Meghan,

      You are so welcome. The more we share, the more we can help.

      Maree

  6. Reply

    Lesley

    Thanks for sharing this, Maree. It is so important that we talk about this topic. I have a close friend who has suffered a lot with depression and attempted suicide on a few occasions so it is a subject close to my heart and I’m glad you’re raising awareness about how people can help.

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      Maree Dee

      Lesley,

      I am so sorry that your friend suffers from depression. Sending prayers! What a blessing she has your for a friend. I agree it is so important we talk about this topic.

      Blessings,

      Maree

  7. Reply

    Donna Reidland

    Thanks for linking up on Mondays @ Soul Survival. Have a great week!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Donna,

      Thank you for the link-up and giving an opportunity for others to read about this important but seldom talked about topic. Wishing you a great week too.

      Maree

  8. Reply

    Michele Morin

    Maree, thanks for making the effort to address this difficult — and yet very crucial — topic!

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      Maree Dee

      Yes, it is a difficult topic to address but as you said so crucial. Thank you for stopping by and reading. Maree

  9. Reply

    Donna Reidland

    Such an important subject! Thanks for making us all more aware.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Donna, You are so welcome! As you are probably aware, mental health challenges are a passion of mine. I have found the more aware and educated we are the more we can help others and hopefully save lives. Thank you for stopping by. Maree

  10. Reply

    Laura Longville

    Great tips to help our suicide epidemic! We’ve had 2 suicides in our family and it can be so devastating!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Laura,

      I am so sorry to hear you have had two suicides in your family. I can only imagine how devasting that has been for you and your family. Thank you for stopping by and visiting. My prayers and thoughts go with you. Please if you have any more tips to add please do so, we would love to hear from you. Maree

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        Laura Longville

        Thanks for your kind words. It’s been 26 years since my husbands sister died by suicide and 7 years since my brother in law. We are healing and vigilant about helping those around us.

        I have written a letter and attached the link https://www.walkingingrace.biz/blog-posts/2017/a-letter-from-the-grave- (it’s on my blog)

        Please feel to use it (or not) in any way you think could help someone.

        Thank you for your support in this terrible epidemic of lost hope!

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          Maree Dee

          Laura,

          What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it here in the comments for others to read. I will share it on my Pinterest and with others that might benefit from it. Your words were beautiful. Blessings to you, Maree

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