In the wake of Robin Williams untimely and shocking departure, the spotlight on suicide has once again taken center stage. In support of National Suicide Prevention Week September 7-September12, 2014, and International Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2014, if you or someone you know is experiencing severe depression or exhibiting suicidal tendencies, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained counselor. Counselors are on hand 24/7 to offer support or advice for anyone who is going through a personal crisis. Anyone who is experiencing relationship problems, financial problems, family problems, substance abuse, etc., is encouraged to call the Lifeline, even if you are not having suicidal thoughts.
Those having suicidal thoughts often feel isolated, alone, hopeless, helpless and misunderstood. These thoughts can lead to troubling behavior such as, verbalizing the desire to die or to kill oneself, researching ways to commit suicide, expressing feelings of not having the will or reasons to live, reckless behavior, and extreme mood swings. If you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself or a loved one, call the Lifeline because these are red flags for suicidal behavior.
Suicide is extremely dark and lonely. Talking to a third-party person who has no personal knowledge or judgment of your situation can be the difference in a life and death situation. Although you may feel alone, you are not.
The late, great Charlie Chaplin reminds us to “Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even tough it’s breaking…light up your face with gladness, hide every trace of sadness. Although a tear may be ever so near, that’s the time you must keep on trying. Smile, what’s the use of crying. You’ll find that life is still worthwhile-if you just smile.”
To learn more, please visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org