Please know you are special, and you have a purpose
Suicide. Unfortunately, it is on the rise. Folks are feeling lost and hopeless. For whatever reason, please know it is OK to talk to someone. Whatever you are feeling, there are others just like you. The world today is a bit off-center and people everywhere are trying to figure things out.
The most important thing is to know you are unique, you are beautiful and you are very much needed in this cycle of life.
Whether it is a child, an elderly adult, someone you think does not even know you exist, or even an animal or pet, you have meaning and purpose to them. You might be in training for a purpose you do not know about yet. Things just always have a way of bouncing off the bottom and rising to unimaginable beauty at the least expected time.
Please, if you are at the end of your spirit today, know this, your spirit has no end. It seeks to expand and reach out. It seeks to help someone who just like you is tired and needs a helping hand.
At this point in time, you may feel your Spirit has no “meaning”.
You just have not discovered it yet, our spirit is about sharing love and finding union and support with others. Please talk with someone.
There are ways to connect, check out the links below and connect
The people on the other end of these hotlines have been where you are and are manning the phones and other social media outlets because they made it thru the tough times. You can too… sometimes it takes a village and that is OK. You are a part of the village.
If you know someone who has indicated they are contemplating suicide. Take them seriously!
Encourage them to seek help and do not leave them alone. Sometimes we all just need to get thru a few dark hours and not being alone is important. You do not need to know what to say, only to be present and let the person know you are there for them.
For a little information and education on what to look for, what to say try this link: https://www.crisistextline.org/topics/suicide/#how-to-get-help-if-youre-thinking-about-ending-your-life-1. Text “HOME” to 741741 for emergency help
If you or someone else is in crisis, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to speak with a certified listener. Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. It is free and confidential 24/7.
Teens and youth can also get assistance. The Jason Foundation was created for the prevention of the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide.
Veterans crisis line
Start with an online chat: Veterans Crisis Line. Anyone can go on this chat line. If you are not a veteran you will not be turned away. They can help find the closest local assistance for you after this initial call. The chat line is just that. A place to go to talk – you are not alone!
On Instagram: Save – preventing suicide thru public awareness
On Facebook: How Right Now, Get help in a crisis- available for folks who might also be in dangerous domestic abuse situations, Needing LGBTQ support, substance abuse, elder care difficulties, and grief support.
For a very comprehensive resource site, you can go to The Suicide Resource Center
Or on Facebook: The Suicide Prevention Center
Each Mind Matters is a comprehensive website with so much information and guidance for communities or groups that want to get involved and help make a difference.
Pain is not always obvious – Know the signs
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
If you need to hold a hand and be spoken with immediately please go to your local emergency room. Georgetown St.Davids Hospital has a wonderful caring staff that will help. Most importantly please know YOU ARE IMPORTANT. We all need to reach out to our friends and draw a little closer. You can be afraid and brave at the same time.