Our family will soon mark an anniversary. My nephew Jessi died by suicide four years ago. We are still recovering (as though we ever will). We miss him every day, there’s no doubt about that.
Sergeant Kevin Briggs patrolled the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Unfortunately, this bridge is a well-known place for suicide attempts. He has some powerful words to share–for those contemplating suicide, and for those who believe their loved ones might be. As Sergeant Briggs says, “The collateral damage of suicide affects so many people.” Perhaps you’re one of them.
“It’s not just the talking,” he says. “It’s the listening.”
Begin by listening to his wise words. Most people don’t want to die or hurt others, as much as they want to stop hurting themselves.
And if you happen to be in Sherwood Park, Alberta on July 19th, consider joining my niece at Jessi’s Walk of Hope (in support of the Right By You campaign). The event will be held at 100 Festival Place. Registration is at 10:30, followed by the short walk. Many thanks to Montanas and Chapmans for sponsoring the barbecue afterward.