Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day, a day set aside to bring awareness and hope to those who suffer from depression and suicidal tendencies. Social media exploded with tweets and comments on suicide and how it can be prevented. I was unable to publish this post after writing it because my server refused to cooperate. However, the message is still relevant as this whole week is devoted to helping those who need it.
The bottom line is, there is hope. By reaching out to someone, you can save your life or theirs. If there is no one close to you that you can talk to, pick up the phone and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Here’s an article I posted to my other blog that tells how you can recognize the signs of suicidal ideation and what you can do to help yourself or others.
On a similar note, the loss of lives either by suicide, homicide or genocide is always regrettable. Today, I join in remembering and mourning the loss of those who died in the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center. To the relatives and friends of the victims, may the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, comfort you this day and always.
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