Words that resonate–Survivors of Suicide

Every 40 seconds someone dies from suicide.

Every 41 seconds, someone is left to make sense of it.

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November 23rd is International Survivors of Suicide Day.  It’s so hard to be left behind. Take a moment to participate, even if there is no event in your area.  A card, an email, a phone call can make all the difference.

2 thoughts on “Words that resonate–Survivors of Suicide

  1. I have known 4 people personally that have committed suicide. I think everyone in their darkest moments think about it. Fortunately for us, our faith and loving support around us helps us out of that fog. But for those who “think” they don’t have that support, fall. I wish we had a way to show people who are going for treatment or help in some way would be shown a movie of what the consequences of their actions does to the people left behind. Maybe they will realize they are truly not alone and will reach out. I am very sorry for all of those who have had to be left behind, it’s such a shock and emptiness we somehow can’t quite get over but continue to endure.

    1. It’s true, Gail, that maybe they would realize they aren’t alone. But that’s only part of the problem. We don’t have the funds available to help them sometimes if they DO reach out. Not only is there the stigma of mental health to resolve, we need to find the resources to help them quickly when they are trying to deal with their pain. We have waiting lists in Ottawa–one newspaper article cited a 14 month wait for help when it’s recommended 2 weeks MAX. Everyone needs a personal “It’s a Wonderful Life”, don’t you think?

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