WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2017
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Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.
Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.
This sentiment is reflected in the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: ‘Take a minute, change a life.’ As members of communities, it is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgmental way can make all the difference.
Taking a minute can change a life
People who have lived through a suicide attempt have much to teach us about how the words and actions of others are important. They often talk movingly about reaching the point where they could see no alternative but to take their own life, and about the days, hours and minutes leading up to this. They often describe realizing that they did not want to die but instead wanted someone to intervene and stop them. Many say that they actively sought someone who would sense their despair and ask them whether they were okay.
Sometimes they say that they made a pact with themselves that if someone did ask if they were okay, they would tell them everything and allow them to intervene. Sadly, they often reflect that no one asked.
The individuals telling these stories are inspirational. Many of them recount reaching the point where they did try to take their own lives, and tell about coming through it. Many of them are now working as advocates for suicide prevention. Almost universally, they say that if someone had taken a minute, the trajectory that they were on could have been interrupted.
Life is precious and sometimes precarious. Taking a minute to reach out to someone – a complete stranger or close family member or friend – can change the course of their life.
No one has to have all the answers
People are often reluctant to intervene, even if they are quite concerned about someone. There are many reasons for this, not least that they fear they will not know what to say. It is important to remember, however, that there is no hard and fast formula. Individuals who have come through an episode of severe suicidal thinking often say that they were not looking for specific advice, but that compassion and empathy from others helped to turn things around for them and point them towards recovery.
Another factor that deters people from starting the conversation is that they worry that they may make the situation worse. Again, this hesitation is understandable; broaching the topic of suicide is difficult and there is a myth that talking about suicide with someone can put the idea into their head or trigger the act.
The evidence suggests that this is not the case. Being caring and listening with a non-judgemental ear are far more likely to reduce distress than exacerbate it.
Resources are available
There are various well-established resources that are designed to equip people to communicate effectively with those who might be vulnerable to suicide. Mental Health First Aid, for example, is premised on the idea that many people know what to do if they encounter someone who has had a physical health emergency, like a heart attack (dial an ambulance, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation), but feel out of their depth if they are faced with someone experiencing a mental or emotional crisis. Mental Health First Aid teaches a range of skills, including how to provide initial support to someone in these circumstances. There are numerous other examples too; relevant resources can be found on the websites of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (https://www.iasp.info/resources) and the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int).
Join in on World Suicide Prevention Day
2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. The day was first recognised in 2003, as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and endorsed by the World Health Organization. World Suicide Prevention Day takes place each year on September 10.
On September 10, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Show your support by taking part in our Cycle Around the Globe campaign aimed at raising awareness through community action. Find out what local activities have been scheduled as well – or initiate one yourself!
Finally, if there is anyone you are concerned about, take a minute to check in with them. It could change their life.
I help people gain the knowledge they are seeking to begin or continue on their spiritual journey and be supportive of those who are suffering with a mental illness.
I am 59 and have had a lot of ups and downs in my life. I am doing well now and am thankful for the people that have helped me get to where I am today. I always felt like the black sheep of my family because I was different. I recently learned that is because of my spirituality. So I set out to learn how to advance myself and things have just been falling into place. I had a lot of mental and physical ailments and have learned how to overcome them and lead a happy life.
A few years ago when things were tough I listened day and night to Hay House Radio. It was so uplifting and really set me on the right track. They have many show hosts and lots of interesting information for your spiritual journey. You can get a schedule for their shows at www.hayhouseradio.com. I also attended many Hay House events and met a lot of inspirational people at them. I have taken many on-line courses by Hay House’s authors.
After my suicide attempt in 2014 I learned I am an empath and it is part of the reason for my attempt. I responded to my husband during a senseless fight with the same words he told me. He said he is tired of me picking on him, we are done, over finished. I said those words and tried taking my pills so he had to hold me down for an hour before calling 911.
I have always been told I am too sensitive. This sensitivity has molded me into the person I am today. You see, being an empath means I am sensitive to other people. Being an empath helps me when I do my psychic readings. I can feel what the other person is feeling and we can work around it to help them release whatever is ailing them.
Shortly before my first event I started in person spiritual lessons in a small group with a local Reverend. At one of these circles I had a spirit visitation (my first one) that scared me and made me cry. I also felt a tingling through my body through my head and down out my feet. I was told not to be scared and the crying was just my soul being excited. So I continued with those classes. More about this in my blogs.
I studied Angel Communication through Angels Teach University where I received 2 certifications. Reverend Elvia and her teachers & students are all great people. They are always there for me if I need someone to talk to.
I was introduced to the Angels Teach circle through a life coach. I was visiting my brother-in-law before my first Hay House event and after looking at the schedule of speakers he told me he has a friend that does spiritual work. So I contacted her and she was a great help in my moving forward from the negative place I was in. She would talk me through the negativity and draw an Angel card to do a short reading for me. Then she would walk me through a meditation. It was great. When I learned how easy it was to take lessons from Angels Teach I signed up immediately. Donna Cantone is one of the people that is always there for me.
I also took a few classes from Doreen Virtue, an Angel Therapy practitioner. She is a well known practitioner and does many events throughout the world.
Lisa Michaels teaches Natural Rhythms and Priestess courses and I am still following her for her very informative lessons. I will eventually hold classes for Natural Rhythms. I sometimes use Lisa’s oracle cards with my angel readings.
I am an author in 8 books and a few more to come. In “Journey to the Stage, Volume 2” with Women’s Prosperity Network my story is “My Journey to the Stage”. My goal is to speak on stage so here I spoke about my journey getting there. Discover Your Destiny, Live Your Dreams, Love Your Life: Expert Tips for Creating Success is another collaborative book with Denise Thompson that released in January. In this book I wrote “My Journey and Destiny With Mental Illness”. I submitted 3 very short stories to “365 Days of Grace”. In Book four of The Inner Circle Chronicles with Anne Deidre and 11 other authors I share my spiritual journey and some of my obstacles. These books are written in a succession of my overall journey. See my books page for all my books.
I combined my stories into my own book so you can read them all together.
Journey of Angelic Healing, Stories to feed your soul
I have several articles published on the Ezine Articles website. Click here to learn more.
I am a member of several organizations and love the connections I have with them. You can learn more about them below.
Women’s Prosperity Network is closest to my heart. We are a close knit family and are always helping each other in every aspect of life. They offer Online Connections & Resources PLUS In-Person Events and have Chapters Throughout the United States & Jamaica
I was certified as a Speaker through the WPN on November 7, 2015 and after taking another training course was certified again on April 8, 2017
Women’s Speaker Association (WSA) is THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission.
The International Association of Angel Practitioners is the Worlds FIRST and Only organization for Professional Angel Practitioners! The I.A.A.P. offers on-going support and mentoring for professional Angel Practitioners world-wide!
Independent Business Women’s Circle helps women (and men) launch and/or build their businesses.
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